REPORT | 03/02/2019 | Edu BuenoA tree-pointer from Unicaja in the last second denies the Whites their victory. Reyes became the player to have played the most games in the history of the league with 779.
- Liga Endesa
- Matchday 19
- Sun, 03 Feb
It was not necessary to wait for Reyes to break the record because Laso put him on from the beginning in a Martin Carpena that received Real Madrid with the first full house of the season. The Whites answered with a very strong start 7-17 (min.4), imposing a high attacking rhythm under the perfect direction of Campazzo (5 assists in the first 4 minutes) and the effectiveness on the perimeter by Carroll, Taylor and the Argentine guard. Between the three they finished with 18 of the team's 27 points in a first quarter in which Unicaja stayed in it with good work from Jaime Fernandez (19-27, 10 minutes).
Madrid in the zone
Laso’s side played spectacular basketball, of a very high level in the second quarter. Unicaja was overwhelmed. They went to 30 points with great shooting percentages and an unstoppable Rudy. He already sent out the warning shots by closing the first quarter with a trey. He followed up with two more in the resumption for 11 points and 15 PIR, leading a 16-2 run in five minutes that broke the game. From 19-22 it went to 21-38. An advantage that they even extended to 33-54 after 19 minutes. Two days ago in Turkey, Real Madrid scored 53 points before halftime with a difference of +15, today they surpassed it with 57 and +16 (41-57, 20 minutes). Campazzo was on fire with a double-double (8 and 9 assists for 19 PIR in 14:50 minutes).
Unicaja raised their intensity in defense in the second half, playing at the limit at times. Casimiro to Milosavljevic on Campazzo and Real Madrid began to not be so comfortable. Jaime Fernandez became the home-team hero (12 points) and together with Roberts they put together a 21-8 run, cutting the Whites’ lead and getting to two points at 63-65 in the 28th minute. With the match red hot, Rudy returned. Seven points from him and a steal led to a 13-6 run that gave Real Madrid breathing space (69-79, min.31).
Ayón sends the match to overtime
But Unicaja had gotten fully into the game with an inertia that led them to cut the deficit with Shermadini in command to get ahead 92-91 two minutes from the end. Things would get more complicated for the Whites. Two free throws from Shermadini left it 94-93 with 23 seconds to play. Causeur did not hit the trey and Díez from the free-throw line. He scored one for 95-93 with 7 tenths to play. Time out called by Laso, Rudy out to the band and Ayón ties the game on the buzzer. Madrid never give up and in the overtime could have got the win. At 100-102 they had possession to extend the difference but in the last play Jaime Fernandez scored the winning trey (103-102, min 45).