Navarro leads Barcelona to big win in his 300th Euroleague game
FC Barcelona Lassa registered its first win in this year's Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs by thrashing Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 66-92 on the road in Game 2 of their best-of-five series on Friday. The series is tied at 1-1, but Barcelona stole the home-court advantage and will host Games 3 and 4 at Palau Blaugrana next week. The 26-point margin was the second-largest for a road team in playoffs history and Barcelona became the first team to win a playoffs game on the road by at least 20 since 2009, when it routed Caja Laboral. In his record 300th Euroleague appearance, Juan Carlos Navarro turned the game into a celebration by leading the winners with 18 points. Tomas Satoransky and Stratos Perperoglou each added 13 while Justin Doellman and Ante Tomic had 12 apiece for Barcelona. Satoransky added 10 assists for a double-double. Malcolm Delaney led Lokomotiv with 19 points, Anthony Randolph added 17 while Sergey Bykov had 12 for the hosts. A 0-9 run that Perperoglou capped with a free throws gave Barcelona an early 5-13 lead. Delaney led a 9-0 Lokomotiv run that gave the hosts a 19-18 lead, but three-pointers by Alex Abrines and Pau Ribas restored a 19-24 Barcelona lead after 10 minutes. Perperoglou kept pushing Barcelona early in the second quarter and he got plenty of help from Satoransky and Doellman to build a 26-41 margin. Barcelona boosted its margin to 31-48 at halftime and then to 38-68 late in the third quarter on a huge three-pointer by Navarro. Lokomotiv did not give up, however, Randolph, Janning and Delaney brought the hosts within 61-74 with four minutes left, but Satoransky helped put the game on ice.
First quarter: Satoransky, three-pointers put visitors in charge
Navarro got Barcelona going with an off-balance basket, which Anthony Randolph bettered with a three-pointer. Tomas Satoransky swished a five-meter jumper and found Doellman for a fast break layup, but Sergey Bykov brought the hosts within 5-6. Satoransky kept pushing Barcelona with a three-point play and found Doellman again for another fast break basket and a 5-11 lead. Perperoglou made free throws to cap a 0-9 run, before Malcolm Delaney stepped up with a turnaround jumper. Perperoglou found Ante Tomic for a jump hook, but Delaney did better with a three-pointer. Perperoglou answered from downtown, but Delaney beat the shot clock with a jumper and Ryan Broekhoff added a layup to bring the hosts within 14-18. Matt Janning hit foul shots and a three-pointer by Delaney put the hosts back ahead, 19-18. Alex Abrines and Pau Ribas joined the three-point shootout to put Barcelona back ahead, 19-24, after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Navarro takes over, Barcelona takes off
Both teams struggled to score early in the quarter until Perperoglou made free throws. Carlos Arroyo added a mid-range jumper off a screen, as Lokomotiv kept missing open shots. Meanwhile, a dunk by Samardo Samuels made it a double-digit game, 19-30, prompting the hosts to call timeout. Perperoglou buried a three-pointer to cap a 0-15 run. Randolph answered from downtown to make it 22-33. Barcelona hs entered the foul penalty and Randolph made the most out of it with 4 free throws. Samuels scored in the low post and a triple by Satoransky gave Barcelona plenty of fresh air at 26-38. Doellman buried one from beyond the arc before a floater by Dontaye Draper brought Lokomotiv a bit closer. However Navarro made free throws and added a three-pointer in transition to break the game open. Navarro stayed on fire with a driving layup, but a triple by Chris Singleton fixed the halftime score at 31-48.
Third quarter: Doellman, Tomic help Barcelona extend margin
Perperoglou buried his third triple in as many attempts immediately after the break to restore a 20-point Barcelona margin. Randolph sank a mid-range jumper and soon added free throws to give Lokomotiv hope at 36-51. Tomic stepped up with a big basket in the low post and found Abrines for a layup. Doellman nailed a catch-and-shoot triple and soon added a mid-range jumper in transition that forced Lokomotiv to call timeout at 36-60. Delaney tried to change things with a jumper, which Abrines improved on with a triple. Tomic hit a jump hook and a wild three-pointer by Navarro made it a 30-point game, 38-68. Draper answered from downtown and a fast break slam by Victor Claver - his first points - brought Lokomotiv a bit closer. Tomic and Brad Oleson made free throws, but Delaney and Bykov struck from downtown to bring Lokomotiv within 49-71.
Fourth quarter: Lokomotiv tries, Barcelona finishes game
Bykov took over with a driving layup early in the quarter, but Oleson did even better with a bomb from downtown. Andrey Zubkov stepped up with a tip-in, which Delaney followed with an off-balance basket to give Lokomotiv some hope at 55-74. Bykov slashed to the basket for a reverse layup, as Barcelona struggled to organize its offense without Tomic and Satoransky on court. Randolph nailed a six-meter jumper and Janning added a layup brought Lokomotiv within 13 midway through the quarter. Navarro nailed a corner three-pointer off a timeout and a big dunk by Satoransky gave Barcelona a 61-79 lead with three minutes to go. Navarro struck again from downtown and even though Bykov hit his own shot from beyond the arc, everything was said and done already, as Barcelona walked away with a very valuable road win.
Friday, April 15, 2016