The problems in the groin of Sergio Rodriguez and the discomfort in the operated knee of Llull put an asterisk to which it can be one of the definitive parties back by the month of May in the «Final Four» of Vitoria. Real Madrid and CSKA reached the tenth match with nine wins and one defeat. The tricky locker was made fat by the whites thanks to the offensive recital of the Russians in the last two quarters.
55 points after the break were an excess even for a team capable of responding to that challenge like Madrid. The party had something of a roller coaster. When the wild partisans finished, CSKA was more regular and remained only in the leadership of the Euroleague.
The Madrid had three veins for which he escaped the game. His departure was far from acceptable. "CSKA is a team that can start 3-17," Laso told Movistar + at halftime. And so much In just over four minutes, the Palace marker was a rocket for the Russians. The defense was unable to contain the Muscovite attacks in the last 20 minutes. And when there were feints of reaction, the white team seemed as busy of the referees as of consummating the comeback.
The Madrid, with everything, managed to correct its weak start. The pride of Campazzo and the defense showed the way for Laso's to dominate. Even with a hint of authority in the second quarter (32-24) after a partial 29-7. What happened next was an exhibition of the two American eaves of the Itoudis team. Higgins and Clyburn handled Madrid's defense at their whim. They gave out baskets of all colors. Between both they added 42 points with percentages higher than 50 percent in the field shots. They were the leaders of a team that had scored more than half of their points in the good breakaway from the line of three with a success of 60 percent (14/23 for a superb 15/26 final).
In a week, Madrid has suffered three defeats (Olympiacos, Barcelona and CSKA) that have separated him from the leadership of the Endesa League and the Euroleague. The consolation and the pure reality is that with seasons over 80 games the three trips are far from worrying in the white dressing room.
88. Real Madrid (20 + 21 + 20 + 27): Campazzo (23), Causeur (0), Taylor (4), Randolph (7) and Tavares (1) -quintet holder- Rudy (18), Reyes (10), Ayón (8), Carroll (9), Deck (8), Prepelic (0) and Thompkins (0).
93. CSKA Moscow (24 + 14 + 29 + 26): Hackett (5), De Colo (15), Peters (11), Clyburn (18) and Hunter (8) -quintet holder- Bolomboy (0), Antonov (0), Higgins (24), Kulagin (5), Kurbanov (2) and Hines (5). Referees: Pukl (Esl), Rocha (Por) and Panther (Ale). Eliminated Hackett.
Incidents: 12,749 viewers in the WiZink Center. Match corresponding to the tenth round of the Euroleague.
10th day: Darussafaka, 71-Herbalife Gran Canaria, 75; Zalgiris Kaunas, 83-Armani Milan, 78; Maccabi, 95-Bayern Munich, 71; Real Madrid, 88-CSKA Moscow, 93; Khimki-Panathinaikos (18:00); Anadolu Efes-Kirolbet Baskonia (6:30 p.m., Movistar +); Olympiacos-Buducnost (20:30) and Barcelona Lassa-Fenerbahçe (21:00, Movistar +).
Classification: 1. CSKA Moscow (9/1); 2. Fenerbahçe (8/1); 3. Real Madrid (8/2); 4. Anadolu Efes (7/2); 5. Barcelona Lassa (6/3); 6. Armani Milan (6/4); 7. Panathinaikos (5/4); 8. Olympiacos (5/4); 9. Zalgiris Kaunas (4/6); 10. Bayern Munich (4/6); 11. Kirolbet Baskonia (3/6); 12. Khimki Moscow (3/6); 13. Herbalife Gran Canaria (3/7); 14. Buducnost (2/7); 15. Maccabi Tel Aviv (2/8); 16. Darussafaka (1/9).