Dafter thinking about the classics for almost the entire season Real Madrid has won the two most important ones: the one in the semi-final of the Final Four and the one who yesterday uncorked the final of the Endesa League. The whites, much more intense than the Bara, they snatched home court factor at the first opportunity (75-88) and now, after everything they’ve been through this season, they’re two wins away from the title.
Because the Madrid I went back to an appointment without bases And on top of that I lost another cash. Randolph injured his left knee in the second quarter and it looks bad. abalde I played little and Llull He got dressed, but he didn’t step on the dance floor. Hanga (16 points in the first half) and Deck (another 16 in the second) they went back up the ball on many occasions. And if it wasn’t them, it was the youth squad John Nez, who made his particular selectivity in the Palau. He had a leading role directed wellstole balls and showed maturity.
Real Madrid hunger: 17 offensive rebounds
The whites they did not have the still convalescent Pablo Laso on the bench, which is another motivational aspect. They were plenty of that. Much more than the Bara. It was shown in a great defense that harassed Mirotic, minimized the effects of Calathes and nullified Higgins. Also on the rebound, which is said to be a matter of will. The azulgranas, finally without Sanli and Oriola, they caught 18 under their rim. The whites, 17 in attack. They were like wolves at every loose ball.
The freshness of Madrid Contrast with the Bara’s heaviness. After the initial 5-0 with the signing of miroticthe whites exploited their speed. It was catch the ball and run. The azulgranas made it easy for them by accumulating losses. And when there were no transitions, there were triples. causeur I opened the can and they ate from it Yabusele and Hanga. I appeared then Nez on the first rotation. The first thing he did was put a basket that helped his team to leave 17-30 at the end of the first quarter.
Hanga, first part to frame
The second I put it hanga in the pocket. came to rest with 16 points doing everything: directed, struck, hit the triples, defended... The idyllic panorama of Madrid was only clouded by the injury of Randolph. His companions did not accuse him, who came to the 20 advantage (29-49) taking oil off the offensive rebound with a Poirier full of aggressiveness. The Bara was a shadow. “Our defense is not here. We can’t concede 49 points in the first half at home,” summed up Kuric aptly.
The locals reacted with the connection Calathes-Mirotic and some tip of Kuricbut it appeared Deck, pletrico in all the second half. His intensity and his success and a good streak of taylor they curtailed the azulgranas attacks in the third quarter. Madrid reached 23 rent after a technique to Jasikevicius (51-74).
Bara’s late and sterile reaction
But bara He wasn’t going to give up without a fight. He needed a switch and they gave him a raise of his defensive lines and Jokubaitis. A partial of 12-0 at the beginning of the last act I put him in the game (63-74). Madrid had a hard time getting the ball up and, of course, scoring. Again Deck came to the rescue. A 2+1 from the Argentine and a triple from Causeur they certified the victory after the difference remained in 10 (72-82). There wasn’t time anymore. The whites won another important Clasico and they are made with the court factor.
75- Bara (17+14+20+24): Calathes (6), Higgins (4), Hayes-Davis (2), Mirotic (13), Smits (8) -initial team-, Davies (7), Sergi Martnez (-), Laprovittola (15), Abrines (- ), Kuric (12), Jokubaitis (8) and Nnaji (-).
88- Real Madrid (30+19+25+14): Hanga (16), Causeur (15), Deck (18), Yabusele (11), Tavares (7) -initial team-, Nez (3), Randolph (-), Rudy Fernández (4), Abalde (2), Poirier (7), Llull (-) and Taylor (5).
referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo, Jordi Aliaga and Martín Caballero. Without eliminated.
Incidents: First match of the Endesa League finals played at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona before 6,759 spectators.
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