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73-78: Madrid fights back in Milan to claim behind-closed-doors win

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REPORT | 03/03/2020

Tavares (13 points, 12 rebounds and a PIR of 29), and Rudy (16 points, 11 of which came in the final stages) paced the team to victory over a Milan side that led by 17 points.
  • Euroleague
  • Matchday 27
  • Tue, 03 Mar
Mediolanum Forum
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Real Madrid extended its winning run in the road trip to AX Armani Exchange Milan after recording an eighth straight win on the court, in this instance behind closed doors after a decision taken by the EuroLeague to guarantee the healthy and safety of the players, coaches, referees and prevent the spread of coronavirus. The team claimed victory after coming back from being 17 points down (30-13 in the second stanza) and then fighting back a 10-point deficit (55-45 on 28'). Weakened by the absences of Llull, Causeur, Deck, Randolph, Mickey and Deck, Pablo Laso's charges once again displayed their ability to outdo themselves.

Tavares produced another amazing performance with 13 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks and a PIR of 29. Rudy (16 points, 11 of which came in the final quarter and a PIR of 18) and the final minute from Campazzo (7 points) were decisive in achieving a sixth straigh win in the competition.

Hosts make strong start
The hosts took less time to adapt to the lack of spectators and the cold atmosphere inside the Mediolanum Forum as the Italians made all the difference in the first stanza with points from the three-point line. Five out of 6 with Moraschini and Micov in charge compared to Real Madrid's one as the guests failed to net easy shots and find its game. Thompkins, who was part of the initial five in the number 3 spot, kept his team alive with 7 points (25-11, min. 20).
 
Madrid wakes up
The guests found themselves 17 points behind at the start of the second stanza after three free-throws from Nedovic (30-13, min. 11). This was now a tricky situaiton, particularly in view of the vibes the team was giving. However, the introduction of Rudy and Reyes totally revolutionised the Real Madrid team and the complexion of the match. The Whites enjoyed a stunning five-minute period, between 11' and 16', in which they managed to make it 30-30 after tearing a run of 0-17. After doing all of the hard work, AX Armani Exchange Milan came back into it, as always paced by Moraschini, and now joined to Gudaitis, to extend the lead at the break to 45-35

Real Madrid is riding a 10-game winning streak across league, Copa del Rey and EuroLeague match-ups.

The third stanza got under way with the teams trading baskets in a phase that only favoured Milan. The third personal foul from Campazzo handed Laprovittola a greater role and he and Tavares, who was already in double figures in the scoring stakes and rebounds (11+11), were the standout performers for a Whites' offense that lacked consistency. This is how a rather unproductive stanza for both teams ended with the guests edging it 10-11 (55-46, min. 30).
 
Rudy leads the way
Milan's lead gave them a certain calmness, but Rudy's return saw Laso's troops assert themselves in emphatic fashion as the guests regained aggression in defense and strangled Milan. The Balearic-born forward stepped up to the plate in offense and showcased his shooting ability. Two amazing treys (to make it 11 points in this stanza) and a further two from Thompkins completed the comeback. From 55-45 on 28', the score now read 55-61 on 34', courtesy of another fine 0-16 run from the madridistas.

Campazzo puts result beyond doubt
The hosts sought to recover from the setback, but the Whites were having none of it. Firstly Rudy and Tavares, the big stars of the night, with 67-69 with two minutes to go; the forward posted a trey and the center scored a basket and claimed a block, his fourth of the night. In the final minute, Campazzo netted seven straight points to counter the impact of triples from Sykes and Sergio Rodríguez that put the hosts back to within two points (73-78, min. 40). In less than 48 hours' time, ASVEL awaits at the WiZink Center to close out this EuroLeague double-round week (Thursday, 9pm CET).

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