He Real Madrid won against Olympiacos at home the ninth victory in their last ten Euroleague games, the fourth in a row, by winning in extra time by 82-86.
From the start the duel he was generous in intensity and sparing in his success. The ball circulated from one ring to another, but both teams failed in the final luck, both in the short and long distances.
So much so that between the two they only scored a triple of their first eight attempts and added nine points in common to the equator of the first quarter. The statistics did not improve much at the end of the opening ten minutes, with the score reflecting a tie at twelve.
The match followed the same script back on the floor until, at 19-19, the Greeks took the lead thanks to four unanswered baskets from Spanoulis, Martin, Harrison and Ellis. It was a key moment from which the whites knew how to remake themselves not only by replicating that 8-0 run, but even increasing it.
With a triple from Causeur the shooting started and with one from Rudy Fernández it ended. Those were moments when everything entered from the perimeter that had previously come to nothing. Thus, to the last of Rudy answered Vezenkov. And to his, Llull to put the 30-31 with which he reached the interval.
Laso’s income increased after passing through changing rooms with a 0-6 start that led them at that time to the maximum difference. But they flipped the coin Jean-Charles and Martin immediately moving well under the board.
The host’s eagerness did not stop there, and once plugged in, it did not stop doing damage. With Spanoulis at the controls and Martin at the execution, the 6-0 run turned 18-4 until Tavares cut the bleeding. Two triples from Thompkins, two from Carroll and another from Laprovittola ended up resuscitating a visitor who was seven up in the deciding quarter (53-60).
It was something ephemeral because Olympiacos refused to lower their arms, cutting the distance until everything is even for the final stretch and later to regulation time, forcing the Spaniards to play their third overtime in the last two matches of the tournament.
From those turbulent waters the Madrid team aspired to emerge afloat, and the 0-5 with which it began invited optimism. On the other hand, it was not easy and they suffered the unspeakable to finish the face-to-face thanks to a triple by Llull and the subsequent precision of Laprovittola on the free throw wheel.
82 – Olympiacos (12 + 18 + 21 + 18 + 13): Sloukas (11), Papanikolaou (3), Jean-Charles (7), Ellis (7) and McKissic (18) -starting five-, Spanoulis (5), Martin (18), Jenkins (-), Vezenkov (7) , Harrison (6).
86 – Real Madrid (12 + 19 + 18 + 20 + 17): Laprovittola (19), Abalde (4), Deck (2), Randolph (4) and Tavares (13) -starting five-, Llull (10), Garuba (1), Rudy Fernández (3), Taylor (2), Thompkins (15), Causeur (5), Carroll (8).
Referees: Borys Ryzhyk (UKR), Jakub Zamojski (POL) and Tomislav Hordov (CRO).
Incidents: Match corresponding to the eighth day of the Euroleague played at the Peace and Friendship Pavilion behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus health crisis.