Real Madrid once again took out its champion breed, with a Exceptional Usman Garuba, to defeat Anadolu Efes and return the series to Istanbul where next Tuesday the fifth and final game of the Euroleague playoff will be played.
In a crazy game in which Real Madrid started winning by 17-0, and that dominated Anadolu Efes until the last quarter, in which Pablo Laso’s team won 25-10, the Madrid players once again gave a lesson in pride, desire, struggle, heart and faith.
Real Madrid’s victory on Tuesday did more damage to Anadolu Efes than you might think. With the same approach in defense, 1-2-2 zone that transmuted to individual, and again without Walter Tavares, the Turkish team was short-circuited, with which Rwal Madrid put the score at 17-0! at 4.30 minutes into the game.
Neither Shane Larkin, nor Vasilije Micic, nor Rodrigue Beaubois, no one seemed to be able to break the curse that weighed on them. Krunoslav Simon was in charge with a triple and from there the tables turned completely. In the Anadolu there was light, by the hand of Larkin and Beaubois, and in Madrid the most absolute darkness.
The first quarter ended 19-13. The problem came later. Larkin and Beaubois, with individual triples, tied the score 19-19, in the first minute of the second act. Beaubois became a real nightmare for Madrid, with 5 triples without failure and 19 points at halftime. Larkin had 10 more points.
The partials after the first five minutes are terrifying. 17-34 in the second quarter and 19-47 in the last 15 minutes. To all this, Real Madrid did not wrinkle, He tried to maintain his defensive level and be more effective in attack, although except for flashes of Rudy Fernández, Usman Garuba or Jaycee Carroll, at the beginning, each point cost a world.
After the initial 17-0, Anadolu was the one of the first two games, dominating and almost unstoppable and Madrid, too, with problems scoring and without finding solutions while sinking into frustration, especially with the 10 lost balls.
In the first minutes, Real Madrid and Anadolu exchanged baskets, face to face, with Garuba and Carroll especially incisive facing the basket, which allowed Madrid to return to the game with full rights, 51-55 (m.23.50).
Real Madrid took out their champion breed while they could, while Beaubois and Larkin continued their business, with Anadolu making great defenses. A new 0-11 run in just over three minutes gave the Turkish team a great cushion on the scoreboard, 51-66.
All in all, the part of the third quarter was favorable for Madrid by 21-19 for an overall 57-66, which escaped from that feeling of absolute superiority of Anadolu. In the last ten minutes, a Real Madrid at the limit of strength and strength, because Trey Thompkins also retired with a sore left knee, tried to counter the superiority of Anadolu, in strength, strength, game and aim.
With a Garuba wasting strength that Madrid had almost no longer had, put fear in Anadolu’s body as they approached only two points, 71-73 with 2.25 minutes to go, based on heart, courage and desire. A triple by Alberto Abalde gave Madrid an advantage, 74-73, which Micic equalized from the personnel shot in less than a minute and a half. Llull, also from the personal, put the 76-76.
Llull and Larkin missed three-pointers and from the personal shot Rudy, Larkin, Llull and Garuba put the final 78-76. Madrid took out its champion breed and earned the right to defend his luck in a fifth and final match in Istanbul next Tuesday.
82 – Real Madrid (19 + 17 + 21 + 25): Alocén (3), Carrol (20), Abalde (7), Tyus (7) and Garuba (24) -the starting five- Causeur, Rudy Fernández (8), Llull (8), Laprovittola, Taylor, Thompkins (5) and Reyes.
76 – Anadolu Efes (13 + 34 + 19 + 10): Beaubois (23), Sanli, Moerman, Micic (9) and Simon (6) -the starting five- Larkin (22), Anderson (3), Dunston (8) and Singleton (5).
Referees: Sreten Radovic (CRO), Olegs Latisevs (LET) and Milan Nedovic (SLO). Without eliminated.
Incidents: Fourth game of the playoff for the title played behind closed doors at the Palacio de Deportes (WiZik Center) in Madrid.