79 – Barça (18 + 30 + 16 + 15): Hanga (4), Higgins (13), Abrines (8), Smits (7), Davies (14) -starting five- , Heurtel (6), Oriola (2), Martínez (7), Kuric (15) and Calathes (3).
72 – Real Madrid (14 + 13 + 25 + 20): Alocen (3), Abalde (13), Taylor (6), Thompkins (14), Tavares (6) – five initials -, Randolph (1), Rudy (3), Campazzo (7), Deck (2), Garuba (8) and Llull (9).
Referees: Christos Christodoulou, Mehdi Difallah and Milan Nedovic. Eliminated: Hanga (min.37) and Taylor (min.39)
Incidents: match of the fifth day of the Euroleague played without an audience at the Palau Blaugrana.
The FC Barcelona which came to enjoy an advantage of 23 points at the beginning of the third quarter, resisted in the second half the reaction of Real Madrid who at the Palau Blaugrana he added the fourth defeat (79-72) in five days of the Euroleague .
In a meeting roller coaster, the locals asserted a great first half (48-27) to score the fourth victory and reach the top of the table. Davies, in the zone (14 points), as well as Higgins (13) and Kuric (15), from the perimeter led those of Jasikevicius against a rival that, with Tavares (6 points and 1 rebound ) very controlled, he found in Abalde (13), Thompkins (14) and Campazzo (6 assists) the players who brought excitement to the match.
Neither the absence of Nikola Mirotic nor the silent stands of the Palau Blaugrana scared Barça in a first half in which they passed over Real Madrid both in defense -the whites only scored 27 points- as in attack, with high success rates (15 of 22 attempts in shots of two).
And even though the first quarter, which was even (18-14) and in which Campazzo did not jump onto the track until minute 8, Real Madrid remained firm behind, with Abalde standing out from the perimeter against the defense iron from the Catalans to Tavares. The second act was a monologue by the Catalans, who endorsed a partial scandal (30-13) against a rival who, little by little, disappeared from the floor.
Campazzo, unhinged on the bench with two fouls and a technique in the 12th minute, not even Laprovittola were able to take advantage of the superiority in the area of the Cape Verdean pivot. Only Garuba showed signs of life in Laso's team, but the rhythm of the game was Barça. The young Sergi Martínez stood out, with seven rebounds, Kuric (12 points in the first half) from the perimeter, and Calathes pulling the strings with his consistent direction of the game.
Beyond the names, Barça, who arrived with some doubts, proved to play a team, aware of its limitations, without its star, and exploiting the virtues of players who did not rush into shooting selection.
Not only did he overcome the barrier of ten points (32-21, min.13), but he also increased the rent to 21 points at halftime (48-27) against a Madrid that was also shipwrecked from the perimeter.
Madrid wake up and touch the comeback
In the restart, the locals got a maximum advantage of 23 points (50-27, min.22) which was in mirage because his rival woke up. And he did it hand in hand with Garuba, Taylor and Campazzo, who finally woke up entering through Deck, who left the track suffering from a sprained ankle. The less intense defense of the Catalans helped, permissive in the offensive transitions and inconsistent in the rebound.
Without forcefulness behind, the locals did not impose themselves in attack and multiplied the losses. From a 23-point deficit, Real Madrid reached ten points (60-50, min.29) before Kuric gave oxygen to his players with a triple (64-52).
He recovered Barça's defensive intensity in the last act. The visitors approached (64-56, min.32), but those of Jasikevicius, imprecise in the direction, became strong behind, forcing their rival to force shots.
Despite Higgins' inspiration ( 72-58, min.36), Real Madrid brushed the comeback with the dizzying scoring rhythm of Sergi Llull who, fresh to play in the last quarter, brought his team closer to five points (74-69 ) with 1 minute and 40 seconds to go. When it seemed that there would be a heart attack ending, Sergi Martínez appeared scoring the last four points that were decisive in deciding the first European classic of the season.