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European power highlighted in new match night

Europeans Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic shone in a new NBA day, also marked by several surprising results.


Europeans Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic shone in a new day, also marked by several surprising results.

A lethal Jonas Valanciunas in the New Orleans and a Nikola Jokic decisive in the morbid duel between Denver and Miami , they were the protagonists of a busy NBA day marked by European power, some surprising results and the good role of Hispanic players.

The most amazing performance of the night was signed in Los Angeles () by Jonas Valanciunas, who with 39 points led the New Orleans Pelicans to a fabulous victory over Los Angeles (104-123).

The Lithuanian achieved the highest score of his NBA career thanks to a memorable first half, in which he made without failure the 7 3-pointers he tried to reach the break with 29 points.

Spaniard Serge Ibaka played his best game for the Clippers since returning from a long back injury and had 13 points (3 of 4 from 3-pointers), 6 rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes.

His compatriot Willy Hernangómez also stood out, already consolidated as an interior replacement for Valanciunas in the Pelicans and who achieved 9 points (4 of 6 in shots) and 6 rebounds in 16 minutes.

Heat failed against Nuggets

The spicy showdown of the day was played in Florida, with the match between the Miami Heat and the Denver nuggets, which was the first time that these two teams met after the expulsion of Nikola Jokic three weeks ago after an assault on Markieff Morris.

The Serbian center did not feel extra pressure and led the Nuggets victory (111-120) with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists.

Argentine guard Facundo Campazzo added 10 points, 5 assists, a rebound and a block in 24 minutes for Denver.

Cavaliers beat Mavs

On the other hand, Cleveland of Ricky Rubio were imposed at home and with great solvency to the Dallas from Luka doncic (96-114), despite the triple-double of the Slovenian star (25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).

Doncic was very alone against the choral performance of the Cleveland team, who had six players over ten points and in which Jarret Allen had 28 points and 14 rebounds.

Rubio came off the bench and contributed 7 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal in 28 minutes.

Timberwolves are still the revelation

One of the revelations of the season are the Minnesota , that after defeating the Indiana (98-100) are sixth in the Western Conference and have seven wins in their last eight games.

The American pivot of Dominican origin Karl-Anthony Towns He was the Wolves’ lighthouse with 32 points and 8 rebounds.

Argentine Leandro Bolmaro was scoreless but had 5 rebounds and a steal for the Wolves in 15 minutes, while Chris Duarte contributed 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists for the Pacers in 21 minutes.

In the rest of Monday’s games, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Orlando Magic (101-96); the Chicago Bulls defeated the Charlotte Hornets (133-119); the Houston Rockets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder (102-89); the San Antonio Spurs beat the Washington Wizards (116-99); and the Utah Jazz knocked down the Portland Trail Blazers (129-107).

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