NBA The French pivot has scored two decisive free throws to give the Jazz victory
The tournament of the NBA has returned after more than four and a half months from Paris caused by the coronavirus pandemic and in the first game, the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104.
Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to test positive on COVID-19, and immediately forced the suspension of the competition, has ended as the protagonist and hero of the Jazz by scoring two free throws that broke the tie on the scoreboard (104-104) with 6.9 seconds to go before the end of regulation time. The eaves Brandon Ingram has attempted a triple for the Pelicans on the last shot at the field goal of the game, but failed.
The party, which has started with the players and coaches of both teams kneeling During the intonation of the national anthem, he has left much suspense with the final score. In the Jazz, in addition to Gober with 14 points and 12 rebounds, reserve guard Jordan Clarckson with 23 points and shooting guard Donovan Mitchell with another 20 have been decisive.
Ingram with 23 points has been the maximum scorer of the Pelicans, in which JJ Redick and Jrue Holiday have also excelled with 21 and 20 points respectively. Zion Williamson, who finally participated in the meeting, although with a minute restriction, he has gone to 13 points, but with a -16 on the track.
The Pelicans (28-37), who needed to win the game in order to fight for eighth place in the Western Conference, which may give them the right to be in the playoffs, it is increasingly difficult to achieve their goal. The Jazz (42-23) consolidate in fourth place after having already secured the pass to the playoffs.