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Real Madrid - Herbalife Gran Canaria

87-63: Real Madrid shine on their league return to el Palacio

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REPORT | 09/12/2018 | Edu Bueno

The Whites grew in to the game against Gran Canaria to record their ninth victory, with Thompkins getting 19 points (including 5 triples).
  • Liga Endesa
  • Matchday 11
  • 09/12/2018
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League action returned to the WiZink Center three weeks on and it resulted in Real Madrid’s ninth victory of the campaign. The Whites, who had come back from 15 points behind against Anadolu Efes less than 48 hours earlier, were able to impose themselves with authority on Herbalife Gran Canaria in another come-back mission, neutralizing a disadvantage of eight points with the game at 48-26 during the second and third quarter. A great performance from Yusta (10 points and 15 PIR) who was decisive with his contribution from the bench, with 60 of the 87 points, and Thompkins standing out (19, five triples and 17 PIR), Rudy and Carroll (10).
The physical demands of the match in Istanbul could be seen at the start of a first quarter that was dominated by Herbalife Gran Canaria, very well set up in defense, causing many turnovers, and with an effective game in attack commanded by Radicevic and DJ Strawberry (6-14, min 5). Yusta, with eight points, and the good work on the offensive rebound, dragged Real Madrid to the break (17-20, min 20).
Triples and defense to find the rhythm
The introduction of Campazzo, Rudy and Thompkins, with the later making his first league appearance this season, was essential for Laso’s team as they began to fire on all cylinders. The forward and the power forward opened up the Canarian defense with their success on the treys (5 from both and 10 points in seven minutes from the North American). There was more intensity in their play and Gran Canaria found it difficult to score. Carroll put the team up for the first time in the 14th minute making it 27-26 and, from there on, the Whites got on top of their opponents for the rest of the second quarter. A run of 18-5, making it 23-11, and maximum of +11 on the stroke of half time (40-29, minute 19).

Thompkins played his first league game this season.

The points dried up for the hosts as the teams came out for the second half. The islanders took advantage of the three-and-a-half-minute spell to creep back to within four points on several occasions. It was just the wake-up call Real Madrid needed, and they reacted superbly. Deck began to contain Herbalife while Campazzo, Taylor, Yusta and Carroll found the basket once again, leading a 21-6 run to restore a sense of calm to the WiZink Center. From 44-40 on 25’ to 65-46 on 30’.

Right on track 
The madridistas' defensive solidity now ensured the Canary Island side had no way back into the game. Laso continued to rotate, Prepelic replacing Campazzo. Thompkins meanwhile kept up his three-point exhibition (five) and Reyes moved fourth on the all-time list of minutes played in the ACB, overtaking Navarro. Real Madrid came close to a 30-point advantage as they made sure of another fine win in front of the home faithful. Next up, the Euroleague Clásico.