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55-77: Real Madrid show real strength at the Buesa Arena

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REPORT | 19/12/2019 | Nacho Díaz

They beat Baskonia and got a tenth Euroleague win in a row.
  • Euroleague
  • Matchday 15
  • Thu, 19 Dec
Fernando Buesa Arena
The Whites defeated Olimpia Milán on Tuesday at the WiZink Center; and tonight they beat Kirolbet Baskonia at the Buesa Arena. Real Madrid have two wins in their double header in the Euroleague and also clinched their second best streak in the European competition with ten wins in a row (three of the 13 in the 2013-14 season). The Whites dominated the match from the tip off, killed it in the second quarter with a 0-13 run and then held on to get the win after the break, with an outstanding defensive and offensive performance. Mickey (15 points, 8 rebounds and 21 PIR) and Rudy (12, 5 and 19) really proved their worth tonight.
Deck got the first points, followed by the second and the third. Then it was Campazzo's turn. Real Madrid started the match going 0-8 at the Buesa Arena against a Baskonia team that needed almost four minutes to get to scoring. But the Vitoria based side slowly found the basket and managed to level the game (13-13), until a Mickey dunk saw the Whites get a key but brief advantage (13-15).
Accuracy from the free throw line
It was stellar and intense beginning from the Whites in the offensive aspect. Laprovittola led the way by scoring (two consecutive three-pointers) and then Mickey got though the defense to again trouble Baskonia under the hoop (after almost four minutes without a basket). Five points in a row for Thompkins took it on a 0-13 run and the score difference to +15 (13-28). The home side reacted well with individual actions but the Whites had plenty of easy shots on the offense, with Rudy netting 9 points in style. Laso’s side were great from the free throw line (netting 4 of 5), and went to the break with an advantage of sixteen (29-45).

Panathinaikos, away, is the next rival in Europe in 2019.

Kirolbet Baskonia started well but it was Randolph, who put an end to that as he led the way yet again for Real Madrid's offense. The forward netted eight of the twelve points the Whites got, in a game that soon descended into a scoring drought where Perasovic's side were slightly more accurate than the Whites. The home side reduced the difference to thirteen in just half an hour of play (44-57).
The Whites show strength
Real Madrid stood tall in the final ten minutes. First Mickey, who ran the court, and then Rudy continued to be effective from the three-point line. Baskonia lost their accuracy and the Whites continued to stay solid both in offense and defense. Causeur, who was back at his old stomping ground, took the Whites’ lead to twenty (46-66) just six minutes from the end. As in the game against Olimpia Milan, Mickey came back to finish the job with a stunning performance in the final quarter (8 points) and Laso’s side held Baskonia at 55 points, the best defensive performance the Whites have managed this Euroleague campaign (55-77).