The performance of Marc Gasol, key to the Memphis Grizzlies winning the duel to the Denver Nuggets of Juancho Hernangómez, was the best of the Spanish day of Wednesday of the NBA, where Ricky Rubio, with 'double-double', could with a prominent Luka Doncic, Serge Ibaka also shone in the Toronto Raptors triumph and the Nikica Mirotic's Pelicans without aiming came out of their slump.
Except for Pau Gasol, who did not play due to an injury with the Spurs, and Willy Hernangómez (Hornets), the rest of the Spaniards participated, with outstanding mention for a Marc Gasol that signed the best numbers of the night with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks, being also key in the victory of Memphis against Denver by 89-87.
Sant Boi was the author of the two free throws with just over four seconds left the undefeated home of the Grizzlies, although the Nuggets still had a triple by Nikola Jokic who did not enter and who saw their great streak end of five consecutive wins.
The Serbian could not with the good defense of the Gasol midfielder and he stayed away from his numbers with only 4 points, while Juancho Hernangómez contributed to the Colorado franchise a total of 7 points and 5 rebounds.
Another duel that aroused interest in the day was the versatile Ricky Rubio and Luka Doncic, who opted for the first thanks to the clear victory of Utah Jazz 117-102 against Dallas Mavericks and return to the successful path after four consecutive setbacks .
The Catalan base made an optimal 'double-double' with 10 points, although he had a bad night in shooting (3/13), and 12 assists, to which he added good defense with 3 steals, while the Slovenian was the best of his with 24 points and 6 rebounds. With the return to the court of Donovan Mitchell (23 points), the Salt Lake City sentenced their victory after a great first part offensive (68-45).
Another player who left a double-double was the Hispano-Congolese Serge Ibaka, who scored 14 points and captured 14 rebounds in the fifth victory followed by Toronto Raptors in the visit to Sacramento Kings (105-114) to remain the best team in the NBA with 10-1.
The pivot left this time the galons to a Kawhi Leonard, who returned with strength after his physical problems and contributed 25 points and 11 rebounds, with a triple key when the locals tried to get close on the scoreboard (99-106).
Mirotic and Abrines, without aim
In addition, he also emerged victorious Nikola Mirotic, who had his worst scoring night of the season, but did not care too much about some New Orleans Pelicans who counted on the return of his star, Anthony Davis, to end his six-game losing streak with a solid win against Chicago Bulls (107-98).
The Hispanic-Montenegrin stayed for the first time this season without double digits in scoring after a bad game in shooting (4/14, with 1/8 in triples) that left him in 9 points, although in the 'painting' he was key with 15 rebounds. Davis, after overcoming his elbow problems, came back strong with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists.
The night was completed with the victories of Alex Abrines with Oklahoma City Thunder and José Manuel Calderón with Detroit Pistons. The Balearic forward did not have good marksmanship (3/12) and signed 9 points, all from the triple, in the victory by 86-95 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, without the contest of the injured Russell Westbrook, and the base from Extremadura cooperated mainly with 3 steals in the triumph at home (96-103) against Orlando Magic.
Statistics of Spanish players:
Marc Gasol: 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
Juancho Hernangómez: 7 points, 5 rebounds and 1 stopper.
Ricky Rubio: 10 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Nikola Mirotic: 9 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 stopper.
Serge Ibaka: 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Alex Abrines: 9 points and 1 theft.
José Manuel Calderón: 3 steals, 2 rebounds and 1 assistance.