70-59: Real Madrid beat Bilbao Basket to finish first in regular league
It took real Madrid six minutes to click, as the team entered the game after an 11-day break and that was evident in the opening stages against Bilbao Basket, who got off to a better start (9-11). But Pablo Laso’s troops quickly came together at both ends of the tribunal. They became more aggressive in defense and upset their opponents, all while attacking at pace and moving the ball quickly. Garuba and Taylor produced Madrid’s first three points, while Poirier and Tyus got the points from close range, to send the hosts to a 12-2 run in the next four minutes and open an eight-point lead at the end. Match. first quarter (21-13).
Hosts in full control
Madrid then took control of the game in the first half. This was due to the team’s strong defense and a much improved offense, as the hosts took a 20-point lead in the second quarter. The league leaders scored 24 points and limited their opponents to 11, while producing a stunning basketball led by Carroll (7 points in 5 minutes) and Conversationalist (7 of 6). Three three consecutive points, including an incredible Llull, were the engine of a scintillating second quarter (45-24, min 20).
But the match was still far from over, because the Basques had everything to play. The visitors took advantage when Laso’s team shooting percentages dropped significantly in the third quarter. A 2-15 run reduced Bilbao’s deficit to eight points with a score of 47-39 in the 27th minute. It was a wake-up call for the leaders, who responded before the end of the quarter with two consecutive three points that stopped the visitors’ momentum (53-42, min.30).
Leaders defend their lead
Madrid rediscovered their defensive intensity when Bilbao Basket was in a hurry. Carroll, Madrid’s most dynamic attacking player, and Pear tree, who posted a double-double in points and rebounds, prevented the visitors from having a chance in the final minutes despite a 10-point lead to 66-57 on 38 ‘. Consecutive counterattacks by Conversationalist and Tristan packed up From Real Madrid 33rd league victory (70-59, min.40). Now that the goal of first place has been met, the team will aim to claim another feat before the end of the Regular League with a 100% away record this Sunday at Unicaja.
REAL MADRID-BILBAO BASKET STATISTICS