REPORT | 13/12/2020 | Antonio M. Leal | PHOTOGRAPHER: Pedro CastilloTavares (18 points and 24 PIR) and Deck (16 and 24) were the stand out players for Real Madrid, who make it 14 wins in the competition.
- Liga Endesa
- Matchday 14
- Sun, 13 Dec
Real Madrid got underway with the treys from Garuba and Deck. Two three-pointers from the academy player and one from the Argentinian saw the Whites record the first nine points to give the initiative to Laso team. The midpoint of the first quarter saw the score at 15-9, but Thompson (8 points) opened up a lead over Unicaja. Malaga managed to reduce the deficit to one point, but a three-pointer from Garuba made it 20-16 at the end of the period.
All square in the second quarter
The momentum shifted as Tavares and Taylor took the initiative in attack (9 points between them). Unicaja held out and, thanks to good work in the offensive rebound and the success from Francis Alonso, saw only a four point lead at the break (37-33, min. 20). Real Madrid's amazing start in the league saw them wrack up the 14th consecutive victory in the competition. Tavares (18 points, 8 rebounds and 24 PIR) and Deck (16 points, 7 rebounds and 24 IR) were the standout players for the madridistas. Laso's team rounded off a week in which they beat Zenit in Euroleague and maintained a perfect December five wins from five games.
After the break the momentum of the match went in favour of the visiting side. Unicaja played in Francis Alonso, who responded by scoring 5 straight treys to put Malaga ahead for the first time in the match. The Andalusian's advantage lasted only a few seconds, as Real Madrid stepped on the gas to put on a 18-7 run, with a three-pointer from Taylor on the buzzer, to go in to the break with a +9 lead on the scoreboard in the last period (67-58, min. 30).
The key moments came and Llull showed off his vision, assisting and scoring (7 points) so that the madridistas could hold an advantage until the final three minutes. Taylor also played a leading role in defence and scored his third trey of the afternoon to increase his personal tally to 13 points. Unicaja looked to stage a comeback from the 6.75m line. Two hat tricks from Brizuela and Bouteille reduced the gap to 5 points, but the madridista kept their calm and Tavares' opened up the game (6 points in a row) to win at the WiZink Center (91-84, min. 40). In the next match, Real Madrid travel to Greece to take on Panathinaikos (Tuesday 15, 8pm).