REPORT | 21/12/2018With Randolph (22 points and 25 PIR) and Llull (19 and 22) in command, the Whites ended the Bayern streak and recorded another victory on the European double day.
- Matchday 14
There could have been no better statement to counter the great atmosphere in the Audi Dome and a Bayern on a good run than the first quarter that Real Madrid put in. Perfect in all facets of the game, both in defense without conceding offensive rebounds, and in attack, with Llull and Randolph in great form. Between the two of them came 21 of the Whites’ 27 points (11 and 13 PIR for the guard and 10 and 14 for the North American) to go from 13-11 in 6' to 16-27 at 10' after a partial of 16-3 in three minutes.
Managing the advantage from the defense
Llull's master class, with his fourth and fifth treys, for 17 points in 13 minutes, added to the Whites lead at the start of the second quarter. Neither the entry of Derrick Williams nor Barthel, who had been the offensive benchmark for the home side in the first quarter with eight points, were able to upset a Real Madrid whose men refreshed the defensive players to open up 15 points over Bayern. The tireless work of Rudy around the two baskets (two steals, becoming the fifth highest recovery maker in the history of the Euroleague), the figure of Tavares (3 blocks) and Thompkins’ class in attack saw the reigning champions going to the break with the maximum 31-46. Total control for a Real Madrid side that put the icing on this great first half with a spectacular play: acrobatic steal by Rudy and Campazzo scoring a trey on the buzzer.
The Whites were comfortable and had absolute control of the match until the half-way point of the third quarter at 18 up and with an unstoppable Randolph, who was playing his 150th game in a Real Madrid shirt (40-58). From there, there was a surprising change of course for how everything had gone. Based on energy and a great improvement in attack with the trio Koponen, Jovic and Lucic in command, Bayern snatched the pace of play from Madrid, who no longer had the same aggression in defense and who suffered a 27-10 to make it 67-68. A new match with eight minutes to play.
Real Madrid responded under pressure
With everything against them they managed to get out of the negative run in time. They did it through the defense, where they got back in the rhythm to put an end to home sides run, and recovering the ball mobility in attack, with Rudy and Thompkins scoring decisive shots. Real Madrid didn’t give in and showed their steel at important moments. A three-pointer from Rudy ended a final period with a 14-5 that gave them their eleventh victory in the Euroleague (72-82, min 40).