REPORT | 13/12/2018 | Nacho Díaz | PHOTOGRAPHER: Pedro CastilloWonderful performance by the Whites as they overcame Barcelona in convincing fashion to pick up their tenth Euroleague win.
- Matchday 12
The Clásico never disappoints and this one was no exception in the first ten minutes. Both sides were evenly matched on the scoreboard, with the focus on Hanga's defensive efforts against Llull or the duel between Tomic and Ayón in the paint. Gradually though, Randolph began to work his way into the game, finishing up with three triples and eleven points, ably assisted by the Mexican center. It was Hanga who directed the azulgranas' offensive labours but the Whites were first to strike (22-17).
Real Madrid's attacking machine began to whir into life (the Euroleague's best) and Carroll was the man to find the key to unlocking Pesic's men in defense time and again. The American guard's next ten minutes can be described as nothing short of an exhibition, punishing Barcelona in each and every offensive foray. Fifteen points (9 of 10 shots) all but floored the opposition. If that wasn't enough, Campazzo then launched an impossible effort from beneath his own basket which flew in off the back-board. It sent the Wizink Center into ecstasy, celebrating the 31-13 from the second period which saw the Whites reach the half-century before the break (53-30).
The dynamic continued much the same after the interval. The Whites looked comfortable in offense and were pouncing on any blaugrana mistakes as they struggled to get back into the game. Deck took the advantage to +27 (64-37), but Barcelona refused to lie down and Claver and Heurtel led a 0-12 run to make them believe in the comeback. The madridista drought was ended by the Argentine, who enjoyed an impressive quarter (7 points, 4 rebounds). Campazzo came back on as Real Madrid looked to retake control and avoid any nasty surprises. The half-hour mark came up in the season's first Clásico with the Whites +19 (69-50).
Revenge for the league
All Barcelona could do now was to try and turn the game on its head. Heurtel was the first to try his luck. But Madrid regained their defensive discipline of the first half and Pesic's had no answer. There was then a fine spell from Thompkins (3 triples, 11 points), and Tavares, who added to his individual numbers and the team's in general. The Whites were looking to take revenge for the League defeat three weeks ago at the Palau (17 down) and they managed just that (92-65), clinching their fifth consecutive Euroleague win over Barcelona in the process.