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Real Madrid - Panathinaikos

89-68: Real Madrid outclass Panathinaikos

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REPORT | 19/12/2018 | Edu Bueno | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ángel Martínez

After a spectacular start, the game was decided in the final quarter. Ayón got a PIR of 21.
  • Euroleague
  • Matchday 13
  • 19/12/2018
Wizink Center
Real Madrid kicked off their Euroleague double-header with a rampant win, their eleventh win in the competition. They thrashed Panathinaikos to keep up with Fenerbahçe, who are first with one more win. They will play them on the final day of the year. The Whites started the game with a great first 17 minutes, where they got a 20-point lead and they ground down their rivals well into the second half. Ayón got 21 and led six players in double PIR digits, with Causeur the top scorer with 14 points. In just 48 hours-time they face Bayern.
It was a tough physical game and it was evident from the first minute for Real Madrid, whose great play held off Panathinaikos. They were Solid, uncompromising and rampant, and they went 16-0 thanks to Causeur (8 points), Deck and an omnipresent Ayón (4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals) leading the offense (16-2, 6). The Whites’ defense held off the Greek team and got two baskets. At 32-1 it was a true reflection Laso's team thud far (23-10).
Real Madrid take it to the max
The European champions put on a physical show with intensity for most of the second quarter giving them a +20 advantage. The second team, today made up of Campazzo, Rudy, Taylor, Thompkins and Tavares, continued to rock the Greeks who struggled. The Swedish forward got the points (8) and an alley oop for Rudy. It was 38-18 in the 17th minute and Real Madrid looked great at the WiZink Center. Xavi Pascual’s side needed a break ad they got it thanks to Langford. 12 points in four minutes made it 43-31 at halftime.

Carroll beat the 2000-point mark in the Euroleague (2003).

The third quarter was back and forth, and Panathinaikos slowly came back by punishing the hosts’ errors. They went 18 up to make it 57-39 in the 24th minute after Llull's basket and Randolph, along with Causeur already hitting 14 points. However, the Greek side, with Calathes, Langford and Papagiannis, managed to go to the last quarter with everything to play for. The game was still a great show (63-55, min 30).
The Whites keep on
Calathes started the last quarter with a three pointer that took his team even closer (63-58) and made the game really close. Real Madrid were incensed and ready to roll, getting back their defensive solidity, running and scoring by trying to win the game on the offensive rebound, where Ayón really led the way. He got three and so did Tavares. Campazzo and Thompkins joined the attacking wave, as did Carroll. He came on at the end of the last quarter and broke the 2000 point mark in the Euroleague. This made it  23-3 to put the game to bed. The Whites went +25 (86-61, min 37) and killed off Panathinaikos' comeback hopes (89-68, min 40). Six players finished in double digits in terms of point scoring in what was a vintage European night at the Palacio.