REPORT | 14/03/2019 | Nacho DíazA solid performance by Laso's team, who notched their 20th Euroleague win of the campaign.
- Matchday 26
The early minutes were dominated by Shved and Carroll. Both players looked sharp around the hoop: eight points for the Russian, seven for the American ace. It was a constant exchanging of blows as the scoreboard moved one way and then the other. Tavares' presence forced Khimki, as is often their go-to plan, to play from distance. If not Shved, then Markovic or Thomas stepped up. Seven players got on the board for the madridistas, both inside and out (22-24).
The visitors take off
The Whites would be the first to put together a decent run, with four consecutive triples in barely four minutes (two for Rudy, two for Causeur). Real Madrid's dominance on the rebound was scandalous (24-7, 10 offensives) but the turnovers (10) held Laso's men back somewhat. Thomas continues as the main offensive reference for the Moscow side. While the first run had come from the 6.75, the second strong spell for the visitors was led by Ayón inside (6 points). The Deck-Campazzo duo sent the board to the game's largest deficit at the break (38-51). Reyes took to the court just before half-time to make history with his 341th Euroleague appearance.
Real Madrid applied themselves in defense and effectively buried any Khimki hopes, as the hosts began to look tired, sloppy, even their best man, Thomas, making four fouls. The Whites restricted the hosts to just 12 points in the third period, while the returning Thompkins sunk six himself. The main man was Causeur, though, superb from the three-point line (4 of 4 to that point), to hit eight points in a 0-12 run which moved the gap to 20 points (50-70).
Rudy and Llull
The Whites refused to let off, continuing to dominate in every respect, although Khimki were scoring more now. Causeur continued to add to his personal tally, Deck did the same (8) and Rudy, with two further triples, moved into 384th on the list of all-time Euroleague three-point scorers before Llull (422) moved up one, into fourth, eclipsing Basile. Yusta then got his first points of the European campaign, sinking a trey and a free-throw which were enough to break the 100-mark for the third time in the Euroleague (75-100).