Nurkic, Valanciunas get the job done

2021-05-01T09:06:06+00:00 2021-05-01T09:06:06+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

01/May/21 09:06

The Euro big guys delivered last night in the NBA.

By Eurohoops team /

Jusuf Nurkic had one of his best game of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 128 – 109 on the road. It was the third straight road win for the Blazers and a valuable one in their pursuit of climbing above the seventh place in the Western Conference.

Enes Kanter had nine rebounds off the bench to go with his four points. For the Nets, that were minus Kevin Durant, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored six points. Former CSKA Moscow star Mike James finished with a season-high 15 points.

Jonas Valanciunas returned to producing double-doubles and the Memphis Grizzlies went back to winning. The Lithuanian center had 14 points and 15 rebounds in the 92 – 75 bounce-back victory over the Orlando Magic that improved Memphis to 32 – 30.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points but the Utah Jazz couldn’t stop Devin Booker (31 points) and the Phoenix Suns‘ offense and lost 121 – 100 in a battle for the first place in the West.

Dario Saric contributed eight points to the Suns win. Rudy Gobert delivered eight points and 10 rebounds while Ersan Ilyasova finished with six points for the Jazz.

The rest of Friday’s (30/4) results and Euro scorers:

Philadelphia 76ersAtlanta Hawks 126 – 104 (Danilo Gallinari 16 points, Clint Capela 11 points/15 rebounds, Furkan Korkmaz 11 points/five rebounds)

Boston CelticsSan Antonio Spurs 143 – 140 (Jakob Poeltl 15 points/10 rebounds, Evan Fournier eight points)

Cleveland CavaliersWashington Wizards 93 – 122 (Cedi Osman 14 points, Davis Bertans seven points, Alex Len four points)

Chicago BullsMilwaukee Bucks 98 – 108 (Nikola Vucevic 17 points/15 rebounds, Daniel Theis 16 points/10 rebounds, Tomas Satoransky 13 points, Thanasis Antetokounmpo three points)

Los Angeles LakersSacramento Kings 106 – 116 (Dennis Schroder eight points/seven assists/six rebounds, Marc Gasol five points)