The cold blood of Marc Gasol, author of two decisive free throws in the last second, has awarded the victory to Memphis Grizzlies about ones Spurs without his brother Pau (103-104), while Serge Ibaka and his Raptors They are still on a night that has also left the Denver Nuggets victory and the defeats of Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans.
In Texas there was no duel of brothers Gasol because the oldest of the saga is still injured. In his absence, Marc returned to complete another great performance to reach the 'double-double' (20 points, 10 rebounds) and facilitate the Grizzlies to add their fifth straight victory, which places them as new leaders of the Western Conference (12-5).
With Mike Conley as top scorer (30), Memphis took the initiative throughout the match, although his advantage was no more than ten points, and an very even final and not exempt from arbitration controversy, in two actions with Gasol as the protagonist.
In the first, he received in the absence of 1.2 seconds and pitched to win. His shot did not enter, but he received a personal foul much discussed by the local public. The Spanish pivot did not shake the pulse and got the two free throws when the stopped merchant indicated seven tenths to contest.
In the last action of the shock, LaMarcus Aldridge He threw a forced triple and Gasol could have needed him in his defense, but the referees did not whistle anything and the win was a visitor. The 24 points of DeMar DeRozan they did not work for irregular Spurs that fall into a negative balance (8-9).
If Gasol leads the West, the first place of the East remains in the hands of Serge Ibaka, who lived a much more placid game against Atlanta Hawks (108-124). The Spanish-Congolese went to 19 points and 9 rebounds in the third consecutive victory of the Raptors, who did not want to draw blood against one of the weakest teams in the competition. The great 'triple-double' of Kyle Lowry (21 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds).
Utah continues to suffer
As happened in San Antonio, in Philadelphia there was an end to maximum emotion between the Sixers and the Pelicans, who this time opted for the local side (121-120). The visiting star Anthony Davis had three free throws to flip the score with two seconds left and hit the first two, but he missed the last and there the match died.
The physical power of Joel Embiid (31 and 19), who clapped the last and decisive rebound, ended up being too much for New Orleans, which had a good Nikola Mirotic (13 and 13) and falling to ninth place in the West with 10-8.
In addition, they do not cross their best moment the Jazz, who returned to succumb at home against Sacramento Kings (110-119) and are antepenúltimos West with 8-10. Ricky Rubio added 13 points and 7 assists in another bad night of his team, which was always in tow before a very hard opponent, with seven players in double digits of annotation.
By last, Juancho Hernangómez he is still a starter with Denver Nuggets and contributed 8 points and 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. His team, ranked sixth in the West, built a worked triumph in the Minnesota Timberwolves visit (101-103) with Paul Millsap (25) as a more inspired man.
On the other hand, the Balearic forward Alex Abrines is still out and was unable to participate in the great victory of Oklahoma City Thunder in the visit to the disillusioned Golden State Warriors (95-123), as well as the center of Madrid Willy Hernangómez in the triumph of Charlotte Hornets against Indiana Pacers (127-109). The Extremaduran base José Manuel Calderón he was only seconds in the Detroit Pistons' loss to the Houston Rockets 126-124.
Statistics of Spanish players
Marc Gasol: 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Serge Ibaka: 19 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist.
Nikola Mirotic: 13 points, 13 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 stopper.
Ricky Rubio: 13 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 stopper.
Juancho Hernangómez: 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.