MADRID, Jan. 5 (.) –
Willy Hernangómez took the Spanish duel of the day this Wednesday in the NBA against Usman Garuba, while Santi Aldama returned after two games away due to injury and added in the victory of the Memphis Grizzlies, quite the opposite of Juancho Hernangómez in the defeat of the Toronto Raptors.
The center from Madrid put up good numbers again in the victory of the New Orleans Pelicans, who are still in the top positions of the Western Conference, 119-108 against the Houston Rockets where the player from Azuqueca de Henares did not have as much prominence.
Willy Hernangómez continues to get the most out of his minutes on the court and in the more than 16 that he participated he signed 14 points, with 5/6 shooting, and 7 rebounds, being one of the six players from the local team who exceeded ten of points, led by CJ McCollum with 28 and Jonas Valanciunas, who at 16 added 17 sacks.
The Rockets couldn’t take advantage of Zion Williamson’s absence and conceded their fifth straight loss in which Garuba didn’t make much of an impact. The Spanish power forward had 2 points and 5 rebounds in just over ten minutes of participation.
For its part, the other Spanish victory on Wednesday in the American league came from the hand of power forward Santi Aldama from Gran Canaria, who contributed to the Memphis Grizzlies’ clear 107-131 away win against the Charlotte Hornets, in what It was his return after missing the last two games due to injury.
The player from Las Palmas, despite not having a good night in the triple (0/3), added 8 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes for a team where Ja Morant excelled once again (23 and 8 assists) and with their fourth consecutive victory reached the Denver Nuggets in the leadership of the West.
Finally, forward Juancho Hernangómez did not have much participation in the close defeat of the Toronto Raptors against the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime by 101-104. The man from Madrid only played five minutes, a time in which he could only grab one rebound.
–STATS OF THE SPANISH PLAYERS.
WILLY HERNANGÓMEZ: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
USMAN GARUBA: 2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
SANTI ALDAMA: 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
JUANCHO HERNANGOMEZ: 1 rebound.