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Real Madrid - UCAM Murcia

80-82: Real Madrid win in Murcia to clinch top-seed status in the play-off

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REPORT | 02/05/2019 | Nacho Díaz

The Whites decided the game in the final moments with another fine performance by Campazzo.
  • Liga Endesa
  • Matchday 28
  • 02/05/2019
Palacio Municipal de Deportes
Real Madrid were made to work hard to the end for their 23rd victory of the Endesa League season which sends them joint top of the table ahead of Barcelona's postponed game with Baskonia set for Friday night. The win also ensures the Whites will be a top seed in the first round of the league play-offs. It was anything but an easy game and was stop-start from the off, but Laso's men ultimately came out on top over a determined UCAM Murcia in the closing stages. Llull was back on court and Campazzo shone once more (20 points and a PIR of 26).

The MVP for April, Campazzo, began the game with three points. But UCAM Murcia refused to be intimidated and were aggressive in offense, exerting continued pressure on the away team's basket despite the presence of Tavares. Doyle and Booker were racking up points as the Whites suffered from their turnovers and struggled to close out the rebound. The Argentine point guard was the standout player alongside Randolph and Taylor. Llull made his return from injury after a month out, allowing Campazzo to take a breather from directing Laso's men, who finished the first period with two points for Thompkins (18-19).

To and fro on the scoreboard
The game was not being played at much of a pace and the scores changed back and forth until an 8-0 run by the Murcia side spurred the Whites into life. Seven Real Madrid players stepped up to net and recover the deficit, with fine moments from Ayón, Causeur and Carroll. Lecomte and Hunt were among the points for UCAM Murcia to bring the scores to 37-39 at the break.

The team will visit San Pablo Burgos in less than 48 hours.

Madrid came out ready to step on the gas and Campazzo and Causeur led the way, while UCAM Murcia placed all the responsibility on Booker and Doyle, who were equally impressive following the restart. The madridistas began to up the pressure in defense though, forcing the hosts into mistakes and running harder to take the advantage to +11 (52-63), before Hunt and Mitrovic brought it back down to seven (56-63).

Strength at the back
Oleson found six consecutive points to pick Murcia up and put them within a point of their opposition, but then a 3+1 from Llull put the Whites back in control. The hosts reacted once again with an impressive 8-0 run to go ahead with only three and a half minutes on the clock (74-73). Laso called for increased pressure in defense and his men responded. Madrid made the most of the Murcian misses and turnovers with an incisive Tavares. The hosts just couldn't find their range in offense (a three-minute drought) but a 2+1 by Soko made it 77-78 with 17.7 seconds left. Campazzo made no mistake from the free-throw line and the subsequent Murcia attack ended with Tavares forcing Soko into a double. Thompkins took the ball and netted one of two free-throws. Booker then sunk an outrageous triple before Campazzo made sure from the free-throw once more (80-82).