Marc Gasol gave the first sign of his ability to make a difference in his debut against the fans of the Raptors, which ended with a tight victory against Brooklyn (127-125).
After consummating his signing on Thursday and debut in New York On Saturday, the Spanish pivot, at its Toronto premiere, started as scattered and stuck in attack as the rest of the team. But at the start of the fourth quarter he imposed his law and dominated the game, scoring nine points almost in a row, including a triple, assisting, rebounding and being the axis of almost all the actions of the Raptors.
The final figures of Marc Gasol were not high: 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one stopper, but that section of the match was enough to demonstrate what he could be capable of in his new team. He came back from the bench, as in New York. He added 22 minutes on the court, before giving entrance back to Serge Ibaka, when four and a half minutes were left until the end.
The Nets, with an extraordinary D'Angelo Russell, author of 28 points and gave 14 assists, were about to give the surprise. They also highlighted Joe Harris with seven triples and 24 points, and Crabbe, with 22 points. They were ahead with a triple Russell with 50 seconds left. But Danny Green answered him with another triple. Y Kawhi Leonard, with four seconds left and with a shot to the table, he gave the victory to his team. Russell had time to try a triple on the horn, but failed. Leonard led the Raptors with 30 points and Serge Ibaka also stood out with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Raptors reserve guard Fred VanVleet was injured in the previous game against the Knicks and will be out for at least three weeks because of a partial fracture of the ligament of a finger.
Jeremy Lin negotiates the termination of his contract with Atlanta to sign for Toronto. The base, 30, averages 10.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds this season. Atlanta, with 18 victories and 38 defeats is practically discarded already to play the 'playoffs'.
James Harden he extended his 30-match streak to 30 by scoring at least 30 points. He got it by adding 31 points in the match that Houston beat Dallas (120-104). The Rockets gunner has not dropped below 30 points since scoring 29 points on Dec. 11 in a game against Portland. Against Dallas it seemed that the streak could conclude since the rest only added 11 points, but in the second part improved significantly and in addition to the 31 points he scored, he added eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Chris Paul and Faried scored 17 points apiece, and Gerald Green, 19.
The best runs of games with 30 or more points in the history of the NBA are those of Wilt Chamberlain (65), Wilt Chamberlain (31) and James Harden (30). La Barba is the top scorer of the season with an average of 36.6 points. Anthony Davis is second with 29 points on average.
The Mavericks could not disturb their rival despite the fact that Luka Doncic He returned to show his quality and brushed the triple double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Oklahoma City beat Portland (120-111). Paul George earned an extraordinary triple double, the third of his career, with 47 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Russell Westbrook he also added another triple double to his account with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. It was the tenth triple triple followed by Westbrook, which surpassed the mark of nine straight won by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968.