13 June 2012
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Real Madrid will fight to win the league title in a fifth game in Barcelona on Saturday after losing Game 4 at the Palacio de los Deportes on Wednesday. Mirotic banked 14 points and was the Whites' best man.
Both teams were slightly nervous in the opening minutes and failed to be as productive as usual. Barcelona looked to defend more and pull down more rebounds than in previous meetings. They used a zone defence looking to surprise the locals, while the latter tried to score through tall men like Velickovic and Tomic given that the team's aim from the three-point line was slightly weak. Vazquez took N'Dong's place and amply filled his shoes, while Lorbek scored from every ball he managed to get a hand on (15-17, 10').
Failing to dominate under the iron sort of blocked Madrid. Barcelona knew they were better at what the Whites had been dominating until tonight, and they also started to net three-pointers through C. J. Wallace while the local defence looked more focused on stopping Lorbek. A Wallace three-pointer gave Barça a good cushion (25-31, 15'), but Real started to improve in the key thanks to the efforts of Reyes, and this spread to the rest of their game. Singler then came on for Tomic and helped the team stay in the fight (34-39).
Tomic was Real's best man in offence and netted six important points for the team (42-45, 23'), but Barcelona were still feeling comfortable and continued to bank points through Mickeal, Lorbek and Huertas (53-62, 28'). The officiating crew's different criteria didn't help either and started to despair the locals.
Llull and Rodriguez came on and started to share scoring duties (58-62, 32'), but the overall feel of the game did not change and Barcelona hung in there thanks to three-pointers from Mickeal, Navarro and Huertas (60-73, 36'). Real tried everything in the book in the final four minutes and Mirotic gave hopes to the stands with seven straight points that were not enough in the end.