REPORT | 29/12/2019The Whites were unable to overcome the 17-point deficit from the first quarter.
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Laso went to Garuba in the second quarter and Madrid got up and got the better of the run 17-22. Little by little, the team got in to the match. Aggressive at the back and more loose in attack, especially from 6.75m, with Thompkins being the reference (7 points). They were trailing by 21 points with 35-14 on the scoreboard in the 15th minute, but they did not fall apart and in the next five responded with a 13-4 run to leave the disadvantage at 12 points at halftime (39-27).
The temperature of el Clásico rose even further in the third quarter. The match was stopped because of the continuous fouls, most of them in the opposite half of the court, some technical and an unsportsmanlike, which marked the development of the match. With the Campazzo-Tavares connection, the Whites reduced the difference to 41-34 in the 23rd minute. But the team continued with the losses (20). At that point, Barça found in Tomic and Mirotic the solution to prevent Whites' comeback (62-45, min. 30).
Real Madrid, with Thompkins, began to close the gap again (66-55, min. 34). But they were denied on the trey and did not hit comfortable shots that would have changed the fate of the match. In addition, they came up against a solid Barça, who sentenced the third Clásico of the season against a Madrid that finishes 2019 leader of the League and the Euroleague, something that has not happened for 6 seasons (it is the first time with the current format of Euroleague).