Toronto Raptors suffered an unexpected defeat in the NBA on Monday to fall bluntly in the visit to Cleveland Cavaliers by 126-101 with the Spanish power forward Marc Gasol playing as a starter, like a Willy Hernangomez in the loss of Charlotte Hornets against Houston Rockets (118-106)
The Raptors, second team of the Eastern Conference, took a step back in their attempt to reach the leadership of Milwaukee Bucks by losing to one of the worst teams of the year, Cavaliers who are penultimate but that took advantage of the defensive weakness of his rival.
Marc Gasol he started in the Canadian franchise, but did not catch a good match in the more than 20 minutes he was on the track when he added just two points with a discreet 1/6 in the pitch, although he contributed reboe (7) and assists (4). His ownership sent the bench to Serge Ibaka, who had a break in terms of participation and who signed eight points and seven rebounds.
Defeat of Willy Hernangómez
Kawhi Leonard was the best visitor with 25 points and nine rebounds, insufficient numbers to stop a very superior Cavaliers after the break and where his starting quintet exceeded the double digits in score, led by Collin Sexton (28).
On the other hand, with Ricky Rubio still out with Utah Jazz, defeated by Oklahoma City Thunder (89-98), and with José Manuel Calderón also without playing in the hard setback of the Detroit Pistons against Brooklyn Nets (103-75), center Willy Hernangómez could not score a win either with Charlotte Hornets, who They fell by 118-106 in the visit to Houston Rockets.
The Spaniard was not counting too much for his coach in recent months, but had the opportunity to play as a starter to show his qualities and could enjoy 24 minutes where two points, six rebounds and four assists. The Rockets, who scored their ninth consecutive win, sentenced to the break (71-44) and once again had James Harden as their best man (28 points and 10 assists).
Statistics of Spanish players
Marc Gasol: 2 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.
Serge Ibaka: 8 points, 7 rebounds and 1 stopper.
Willy Hernangómez: 2 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 stopper.