Willy conquers the duel Hernangómez despite Juancho’s first double-double in Minnesota

  • The new reunion ended with a 16-12 of the youngest of the brothers
  • Charlotte's got eight points and captured seven rebounds for victory
  • Ibaka saw the best streak of the Raptors cut and Ricky won with an 8 + 5 + 9
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The night of the NBA again left the full participation of the teams where there is Spanish representation in the league and a beautiful duel between the Hernangómez, being this the third that occurs between different teams. This time with the victory of the Charlotte Hornets of Willy over the new Minnesota Timberwolves of Juancho, however the personal duel was for the minor to get his first double-double with his new franchise. In addition, the Toronto Raptors of Serge Ibaka, even with Marc Gasol injured, ended the best winning streak in their history and Ricky Rubio returned to contribute in all facets for the victory of the Phoenix Suns.

The return of power forward Serge Ibaka to the ownership of the Raptors and being their leading scorer did not prevent the NBA champions from breaking their winning streak of 15 consecutive victories, the best there was in the league, and which was established as the Best in the history of the Canadian team.

Although Ibaka could not avoid the defeat of the Raptors, who lost at home by 101-91 to the Brooklyn Nets, if he was the best Spaniard of the day and also the leader of the Toronto team by staying at the doors of a double-double by contributing 28 points in the 35 minutes he was on the track of the Barclay Centers in Brooklyn.

Ibaka scored 10 of 17 field shots, including 5 of 10 triples, and 3 of 4 from the personnel line. In addition to capturing nine rebounds, eight of them defensive, he recovered a ball, lost another two, put two blocks and committed five personal fouls.

Third duel between teams other than the Hernangómez

The brothers Juancho and Willy Hernangómez again had the opportunity to star in a new duel, but with very different characteristics from the previous ones.

Juancho, after being transferred last week to the Minnesota Timbewolves by the Nuggets, received Willy as the holder of his new team to which he contributed a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, which in the end could not prevent the defeat by 108 -115 against the Hornets.

The youngest of the Hernangómez brothers played 38 minutes in which he did not have his best startling inspiration by scoring 5 of 18 field shots, including a triple of seven attempts, and hit 5 of 7 from the personnel line. Juancho recovered eight defensive rebounds, recovered a ball, put a cap and committed a personal foul.

While Willy, in his reserve role, this time the coach of the Hornets, the Hispanic James Borrego, gave him 19 minutes to have a good selection of shots to basket and contribute eight points.

The former Real Madrid player scored 4 of 6 field shots, he failed the only attempt he made from outside the perimeter, and also the two he made from the personnel line. The oldest of the Hernangómez brothers also had a presence in the inside game with seven rebounds – five defenders – gave one assist, recovered the ball and committed a personal foul.

Ricky led the attack on the Warriors

He also enjoyed the triumph the base Ricky Rubio who returned to be the director of the game and the attack of the Phoenix Suns who defeated the Golden State Warriors 112-106.

Rubio played 24 minutes as a starter and stayed at the gates of a double-double with 9 points and nine assists, which left him team leader in that facet of the game. The Spanish international scored 4 of 8 field shots, including the only shot he made from outside the perimeter, while not going to the personnel line.

Rubio did get a presence in the inner game by capturing five rebounds – three defensive ones – recovered two balls, but lost five, without having his best control of the ball during the time he was on the court, in addition to committing four personal highs.