2013-14Regular SeasonRound 9
December 13, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES DE LA COMUNIDAD DE MADRID

Unbeaten Real Madrid KOs Strasbourg

Real Madrid remained unbeaten with a 79-66 victory over Strasbourg in the Spanish capital on Friday night. Madrid improved to 9-0 atop the Group B standings, while Strasbourg dropped to 2-7 and was eliminated from the Top 16 race. Strasbourg ill instead continue its European season in the Eurocup Last 32. Madrid, which never trailed, pulled away in the second quarter behind a pair of 13-3 runs. Nikola Mirotic and Sergio Rodriguez led the charge, as the hosts scored 34 points in the second stanza and opened a 53-32 halftime lead. Mirotic finished with 22 points plus 6 rebounds, Rodriguez had 14 points, while Felipe Reyes chipped in with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Antoine Diot netted 17 for Strasbroug. Tim Abromaitis scored 11, Romain Duport had 10 points plus 7 rebounds, while Paul Lacombe and Alexis Ajinca also scored 10 apiece in defeat.

First quarter: Diot's triples keep Strasbourg in touch early

Dontaye Draper got his first, and Salah Mejri his second start of the season for the hosts. Sergio Llull went coast-to-coast for a layup to open the scoring and Mejri made a jump-hook over Ajinca to make it 5-0. Diot hit a three-pointer for Strasbourg, and after Mirotic made a basket-plus-foul, Tim Abromaitis scored a layup and Diot nailed another triple to even the score, 8-8. But Rudy Fernandez made a pair of free throws and a jumper, and Mejri scored inside as Madrid pulled away to 16-8. After a Strasbourg timeout, Duport hit a pair of mid-range jump shots, and Louis Campbell scored a fastbreak layup, cutting it to 16-14. Mirotic answered with a triple, before Lacombe ended the first quarter with a layup to close within 19-16.

Second quarter: Los Blancos fly away

Tremmell Darden started second quarter with a jumper, and Rodriguez made a steal and raced for a fastbreak layup, helping the hosts to a 6-0 run. Diot hit 3 free throws for the visitors, but full-court press from Madrid did not allow Strasbourg much offense. Meanwhile, Llull hit behind the arc, and Marcus Slaughter made a steal and finished a fastbreak on his own, 32-19. Abromaitis snapped a 13-3 run with a dunk, Strasbourg's first field goal in the quarter, and Diot hit his third triple to make it 34-24, but Madrid soon ran away with it. Slaughter made a put-back and Rodriguez scored an easy layup and a triple, before Felipe Reyes added a put-back of his own to make it 47-28. A baseline jumper from Jeremy Leloup snapped another 13-3 spurt, but an easy dunk from Mirotic helped the hosts take a 53-32 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Madrid carries lead to 28

Ajinca scored the first basket of the third quarter, before Rodriguez connected on back-to-back alley-oop dunks, first with Mejri, then Fernandez. Rodriguez followed that with a triple, before Daniel Diez scored a layup for a 62-34 lead, the biggest of the night. Strasbroug was held without a single point for more than five minutes before Duport made a put-back and a jumper. Lacombe also hit a jump shot to trim the gap to 63-60, but Mirotic answered with a triple, before Axel Toupane cut it to 67-42 at the end of the third.

Fourth quarter: Strasbourg cuts deficit with strong finish

Lacombe drove for a pair of layups to start the fourth quarter, before Rodriguez sank a long jumper. But Strasbourg continued its run with jumpers from Duport and Abromaitis, and Lacombe scored inside to make it 69-52. The visitors' defense forced 3 consecutive turnovers, but did not convert on them until Abromaitis nailed a triple, getting them within 14 points, but Darden hit a triple-plus-free throw to snap 2-13 run and make it 73-55. Diot added to Strasbourg's tally with 5 more points, including a layup-plus-foul, and Ajinca muscled his way for a layup, helping cut it to 75-64 with two minutes to go. That is as close as the visitors got, as Mirotic hit 4 free throws before Ajinca banked in a shot to round out the scoring.

Dontaye Draper  - Real Madrid - EB13
Friday, December 13, 2013
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Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), MARICIC,SASA (SRB), HALLIKO, AARE (EST)
Attendance: 7187 (Tentative)
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Real Madrid19341412
Strasbourg16161024
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Real Madrid19536779
Strasbourg16324266
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 16:44   0/2       1 1 2         2   -1
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 22:02 8 2/6 0/1 4/4 1 3 4 3           4 14
8 MARTIN, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 REYES, FELIPE 15:53 10 2/4   6/6 3 3 6 2   1     4 5 16
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 9:13 2 1/3 0/1   1   1                
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 26:27 22 2/2 2/3 12/15 2 4 6 1 1 1 1     9 35
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 26:30 14 3/4 2/5 2/2   1 1 5 1 4     2 1 12
21 DARDEN, TREMMELL 19:43 8 1/3 1/3 3/3 1 4 5         1   2 10
23 LLULL, SERGIO 25:48 5 1/4 1/5     2 2 1   1     1 1  
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 15:32 4 2/4     2 3 5   1 2     3 1 4
50 MEJRI, SALAH 22:08 6 3/5 0/1   1 5 6       1     1 11
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 79 17/37 6/19 27/30 12 29 41 14 3 10 2 1 12 24 104
        45.9% 31.6% 90%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Strasbourg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 17:31 2 1/2 0/1   2 4 6     2 1   3   2
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 30:05 17 2/3 3/5 4/4   2 2 3   1     2 5 21
9 LELOUP, JEREMY 22:48 2 1/3 0/5   1   1 2         4   -6
10 LACOMBE, PAUL 27:12 10 5/8     1 3 4 1   1     1 2 12
13 CAMPBELL, LOUIS 20:12 2 1/2 0/5   1   1 7         2   2
14 GREER, RICARDO 18:46 2 1/4 0/1             2     2   -6
15 DUPORT, ROMAIN 16:51 10 5/7     2 5 7     1     2   12
19 IMHOFF, ARNAUD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ABROMAITIS, TIM 23:26 11 3/4 1/4 2/2 1 3 4 1         3 2 11
42 AJINCA, ALEXIS 23:09 10 3/12   4/4 1 3 4 3 1 3   2 5 3 2
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 66 22/45 4/21 10/10 11 20 31 17 1 10 1 2 24 12 52
        48.9% 19% 100%
Head coach: COLLET, VINCENT

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"We did a very good job in the three first quarters. It has been a difficult week for us because of the absence of two important players. In these three first quarters the team played at a good tempo and we got a definitive advantage. I am not happy with the last quarter and I told that to my players in the locker room after the game. We thought that we have already won the game with ten minutes left."
COLLET, VINCENT
Strasbourg
"We played very bad in the second quarter, where we lost control. We wanted to control the tempo and I think that we got it, but in the second quarter we accepted that we were going to lose against Real Madrid and you cannot to do that. In the second half we did much better, good defense, and twice they could not shoot before the 24 seconds and all that is an encouragement for the rest of the season. I cannot say that I am happy when I lose a game, but Real Madrid is the best team in the group and we played a very good second half. I think it was an okay performance, but for sure we can do better."

Players

MIROTIC, NIKOLA
Real Madrid
"We got another victory in spite of the fact that we relaxed a little bit today in the last quarter. We have to recognize that we did not play good defense, but is important to understand that we are not going to win always by 30. The fans have to know it as well."
RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"We played very well in the first quarter and in general in the first half. We scored 51 points, so it shows that we did things right. But we relaxed in the last minutes and we allowed them to play free. These situations have to serve us for the future. We know that in any moment the game can change."
DIOT, ANTOINE
Strasbourg
"We played a very poor first half. We did not execute what the coach said. After halftime, we played together, we played defense and we came back a little bit. Real Madrid is a big team, so we will need to forget the first half and keep the second one. We try to take this game for improving, and it always is good to play against a team like Real Madrid. We need to play together because together we are better."