Marc Gasol and his Toronto Raptors were winners this Monday of the duel against the Charlotte Hornets of Willy Hernangómez tras be imposed by a blunt 132-96while the base Ricky Rubio could not participate in the defeat (85-99) of Phoenix Suns against Boston Celtics for back problems.
In the Scotiabank Arena, the current NBA champions again showed their strength and maintained their unbeaten status after offensively displaying themselves before some Hornets that got rid of the second half after having faced the first.
The Spanish duel between Marc Gasol and Willy Hernangómez was for Sant Boi, who showed his ability to do everything beyond scoring. Catalan still does not contribute many points in this section of the season and he stayed in five this time, throwing very little to the basket (2/4, with three triples), but he made up for it with the rebounding facet (8) and, above all, when delivering assists (9) to his classmates.
The Madrid center, however, returned to have minutes (10) after several games without doing so and scored five points and took three rebounds for a team, developed after the break. Charlotte arrived in the locker room within the game (60-56), but in the next 24 minutes she received a severe 72-40. As data, the two teams accumulated 88 triples thrown, with better aim of the premises (20/43).
The Raptors, who came to give 40 assists, were led by forward Og Anunoby, who achieved his best scoring mark with 24 points, well supported by Pascal Siakam (20, 8 rebounds and 5 assists) and five other players with double digits of annotation.
For its part, Phoenix Suns fell on its court by 88-95 in his visit to Boston Celtics, one of the franchises that has started stronger, in a meeting where the Spanish base Ricky Rubio could not participate because of back spasms.
Spanish player statistics
Marc Gasol: 5 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 1 stopper.
Willy Hernangómez: 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 stopper.
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