Bilbao Basket - Real Madrid

83-85: Hard-fought victory to remain unbeaten and top of the league

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REPORT | 04/11/2020

Real Madrid records its 9th consecutive league victory after beating Bilbao Basket in the postponed match on matchday 6.
  • Liga Endesa
  • Matchday 6
  • Wed, 04 Nov
Bilbao Arena
Real Madrid beat Bilbao Basket away from home in the postponed game on matchday 6 to continue its unbeaten start in the league, which the team tops after nine consecutive victories. Today's game was a hard-fought victory in which Laso's side could not impose their superiority shown in the first half, in which they had a 17 point advantage, until the final seconds. Thompkins (16 points and 22 PIR) was the stand-out player of the team, with Alocen (10), Carroll (10) and Llull (14) reaching double digits in scoring. The guard and Felipe Reyes reached new milestones in their careers.
Another great first quarter by Real Madrid, much like at the Fonteta last Sunday, very soon gave the team the initiative and total control of the game. The Whites came out very strong in defence and at a fast pace in offence under the impressive guidance of Alocén (7 points and 3 assists). While the three-point shooters did a fine job - with another 7 from Carroll and 5 from Abalde - the inside pair formed by Garuba and Tavares dominated the rebound (14 to 4). Two runs to open (0-8) and close (2-9) the quarter put the visitors 12-21 up in the first 10 minutes.

A solid Madrid in defence
Laso's men did not allow any chances for a shock in the second quarter and even increased their lead, which reached 17 points at 27-44 on 18 '. The team worked off a solid defensive base, with only Balvin managing to score for Bilbao Basket, and an attack with a multitude of options and distributed scoring. Llull became the second highest scorer in the league for Real Madrid League, ahead of Biriukov. A few minutes earlier, Reyes had also made his mark with a basket which moved him level with Juan Carlos Navarro in fourth place in the all-time scorers in the ACB. The 22-59 score in the first half reflected the Whites' total superiority.

Real Madrid leads the standings with 3 wins ahead of the second-placed side.

The tranquillity shown by Madrid then disappeared in the third quarter. Bilbao Basket grew into the game and turned the score around after a 19-2 run in 5 minutes, with great success from the three-point line and a fine display by Rousselle who scored 12 points (48-46). The Whites reacted after a timeout from Laso. The team regained its intensity, with Thompkins as the benchmark in attack, and the match levelled out as the hosts finished the quarter two points ahead  after a 31-14 run (60-58, min. 30).
Two brilliant minutes decide victory
The exchange of baskets lasted for almost the entire final stretch with the two teams competing for the initiative in each possession. With Brown in command, Bilbao Basket went one up in the 37th minute (73-72). But Madrid changed the dynamics of the last quarter, as Laso brought on Campazzo. The team responded with a 0-8 run in just over two minutes, which proved decisive. Thompkins and Llull led the attack at the same time as they made three good defensive interventions, preventing their opponents from scoring to put Madrid 73-80 ahead in the 39th minute. Bilbao Basket kept applying the pressure but the leaders sealed the victory with free throws from Llull, Thompkins and Campazzo (83-85, min. 40). In less than 48 hours Real Madrid will face Zalgiris in the Euroleague.