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Real Madrid - Olympiacos

94-78: Real Madrid's offense proves too much for Olympiacos

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REPORT | 10/01/2019 | Nacho Díaz | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba

The Whites put in a great performance to take their fifteenth Euroleague win.
  • Euroleague
  • Matchday 18
  • 10/01/2019
Wizink Center
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Real Madrid made sure the WiZink Center was once again hostile territory for Olympiacos in a clash which they dominated from halfway through the first quarter, going on to win in convincing fashion and wrest back the basket average from the Greeks. It was a spectacular offensive effort from the Whites, who finished the first half with 54 points before restricting their visiting counterparts in the second. Randolph was the standout man with 16 points (10 in the final quarter) and 8 rebounds for a PIR of 26, while eleven Whites' players got on the scoresheet.

The match began with a turnover for Real Madrid but their sloppiness didn't last long. A break-neck early period followed in what was a gripping encounter from the off. Without the threat posed by Milutinov, the Greeks were reliant on his replacement, Bogris. They were looking sharp in the paint too, with eight consecutive points. Neither that, nor the following five netted by Spanoulis were enough to throw Madrid off their stride though, as they continued to enjoy a range of options in offense (points for seven different players): triples from the corner, seamless movement of the ball to find the space, or the Ayón-Reyes duo running riot in the paint. The quarter ended in fine fashion with a Campazzo triple (28-23).

First offensive surge for the Whites
The relentless point-scoring pace continued, with Madrid always just in front, edging up to a 70% three-point success-rate at times. The presence of Tavares was key for the madridistas (7 points without missing) while Olympiacos were staying in the game through their own impressive efforts from the 6.75, an athletic Leday and points from the hands of Williams-Goss. That was before the second unit, headed by Campazzo, Causeur and Thompkins, knocked the Greeks for six with a +13 (54-41), before a 7-0 run in the 18th minute. Blatt's men refused to fall though, and came back with a 0-5 to close out the first half (54-46).

Llull becomes the sixth-highest assist maker in Euroleague history (979).

Taylor and Laso called for better control of the rebound and increased intensity during the break. And Ayón certainly paid attention, coming out for a third quarter in which he battered the Greek team to take nine points and four rebounds. Printezis kept the visitors in it, moving them to within six points on a couple of occasions, but it was the connection between Campazzo and the Mexican ace which gave the Whites their top advantage once again (+13, 71-58). Olympiacos went into the final quarter ten down as the clash finally lost the incredible point-scoring pace of the first twenty minutes (72-63).

Final blow
Real Madrid were keen to avoid any surprises against a team who knew they were coming into the closing stretch with options. Bogris and Williams-Goss pushed hard, but it was Randolph and Rudy who ensured the scales tipped in the Whites' favour. The American saved his best until last with a wonderful quarter (10 points, 2 triples), stifling Blatt's men's resistance with two recoveries in defense. The deficit continued to increase, from eleven to nineteen without respite, until Leday restored an element of pride for his team. Ultimately, the European champions ran out convincing winners with Campazzo' third triple (faultless on the night) to put the basket average over Olympiacos back in their favour (94-78).
 

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