2013-14Regular SeasonRound 4
November 07, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 RHENUS SPORT

Real Madrid makes hot start into a record!

Real Madrid consummated the best four-game start in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this century with a 66-85 road win over Strasbourg in the Game of the Week. The victory lifted Madrid to 4-0 atop Group B while Stasbourg continues to search for a win. Its 19-point margin means that Madrid has won all of its games so far by a total of 98 points, more than any 4-0 team since 2000. The previous record was 94 points held by FC Barcelona to start the 2010-11 season. Madrid’s hot start to the season was mirrored by that of Rudy Fernandez in this game. He scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half while making 5 of 9 three-point tries. Madrid would finish making 15 of 33 shots from the arc, with eight different players making at least one, while Strasbourg suffered through a 2-for-10 night from downtown. Jaycee Carroll's was the only other double-figure scorer for Madrid with 14 points. Strasbourg big man Alexis Ajinca did all he could, making 9 of 13 two-pointers for 23 points to go with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He was seconded by 17 points off the bench from Kevin Murphy but they were far from enough against mighty Madrid.

First quarter: Rudy runs wild

Strasbourg drew first blood with a steal by Axel Toupane and a hook shot from Ajinca. Madrid responded with a three-pointer from Fernandez and Nikola Mirotic layup assisted by Sergio Llull. Ajinca's next pair of layups put Strasbourg up 8-7 before Madrid made its first run. Mirotic and Fernandez got open on the perimeter and each hit three-pointers before Fernandez stole and dunked for a 10-15 lead by the visitors. After a timeout, Tremmel Darden put back a loose offensive rebound and Fernandez was left alone for another triple in transition to suddenly double Strasbourg on the scoreboard, 10-20. After a timeout, subs Kevin Murphy and Roman Duport helped Strasbourg steady itself until Louis Campbell could score off a steal by Paul Lacombe to cut the difference to 17-22 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Ajinca brings back Strasbourg

Carroll’s triple to open the second quarter offset free throws by Lacombe, but when Murphy dialed up his own three-pointer, Strasbourg was with 22-25. He and Salah Mejri exchanged baskets before the fireworks started. Fernandez went back-door to dunk an alley-oop pass from Llull to start a three-point play at one end. Then Ajinca two-hand slammed a rebound at the other. When he got open for a two-pointer in transition, Strasbourg was within 28-30, but Carroll answered with another open triple for Madrid. When he passed to Fernandez for the next one, Madrid's lead was back up to 29-36. After another Strasbourg timeout, Felipe Reyes put back a rebound then stole and led a fastbreak, assisting Llull to make it 29-40. Next, Fernandez hooked an alley-oop pass that Mejri turned into a rim-swinging slam. After another steal, it was Ioannis Bourousis finishing the break and the half with Real Madrid in charge, 31-46.

Third quarter: Madrid's defense takes over

Llull's three-pointer to open the second half gave Madrid its biggest lead yet, 31-49, but it soon climbed on free throws by Fernandez as he topped the 20-point mark personally. Ajinca blocked, stole and dunked on the break to show his team the way, but Dontaye Draper drilled a three and Fernandez fed Bourousis as Madrid escaped again. By the time Bourousis and Fernandez added a triple each, the lead was 35-63, marking a 6-27 run since the middle of the second quarter. Two baskets by Ajinca and others by Lacombe and Murphy let Strasbourg lower the difference to 20 points, 43-63, before Darden became Madrid's seventh player to make a three-pointer and Carroll beat the third-quarter buzzer with another for a lead of 45-71.

Fourth quarter: Rodriguez makes sure

Ajinca continued racking up points while Lacombe followed a fastbreak miss to again cut the difference to 20 points, 51-71. Sergio Rodriguez became Madrid's eighth three-point striker, then Reyes got 3 points the hard way. Rodriguez added a layup and fed young Dani Diez for another before Romain Duport dunked and Murphy fired in a three-pointer for Strasbourg at 60-81. Little scoring happened after that before Carroll buried a three-pointer to give Madrid its fourth victory by 19 points or more.

Rudy Fernandez - Real Madrid - EB13
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE), LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU)
Attendance: 6150 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Strasbourg17141421
Real Madrid22242514
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Strasbourg17314566
Real Madrid22467185
Strasbourg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 22:00 6 2/6   2/2 1 4 5     1   1 4 4 5
9 LELOUP, JEREMY 23:41 2 1/5 0/2     2 2 4 1 4 1 1 2 2 -1
10 LACOMBE, PAUL 18:24 6 2/3 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 3 2 2 2   2 3 12
13 CAMPBELL, LOUIS 27:33 4 2/3 0/1     2 2 5 1 2     3 1 6
14 GREER, RICARDO 15:34 2 1/1     1   1 2 1 2     3   1
15 DUPORT, ROMAIN 19:21 4 2/3     1   1     1 2   2   3
17 FRANCOIS, XAVIER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ABROMAITIS, TIM 13:03 2 1/2 0/1   1 1 2     1     3 1 -1
42 AJINCA, ALEXIS 32:02 23 9/13   5/6 3 5 8 1 3 1 2 1 2 4 32
55 MURPHY, KEVIN 28:22 17 5/13 2/3 1/2   5 5 2 1 3 1   2 2 13
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 66 25/49 2/9 10/12 9 22 31 17 9 17 8 3 23 17 72
        51% 22.2% 83.3%
Head coach: COLLET, VINCENT
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
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 9:30 3 0/1 1/2         4       1 2   2
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 26:33 24 2/2 5/9 5/5   2 2 3 2 3       5 29
9 REYES, FELIPE 16:35 5 2/6   1/1 3 2 5 2       1 2 3 8
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 4:22 2 1/1 0/1   1   1     1     1    
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 22:14 5 1/2 1/4   2 4 6 1   2   1 3 4 6
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 18:25 5 1/7 1/2   2 2 4 6 2 3   2   2 7
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 22:08 14 0/2 4/9 2/2 1 3 4 1 2 2   1 2 3 12
21 DARDEN, TREMMELL 18:13 5 1/5 1/2   1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 4
23 LLULL, SERGIO 20:49 8 2/3 1/3 1/2   2 2 6 2 1       2 15
30 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 17:57 9 3/5 1/1 0/1 1 2 3   1 2 1   1 2 10
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 6:39 1     1/2 1 1 2     1     4 1 -2
50 MEJRI, SALAH 16:35 4 2/3     2 5 7   1   1 1 1   10
Team           5   5               5
Totals 200:00 85 15/37 15/33 10/13 19 24 43 25 11 16 3 8 17 23 106
        40.5% 45.5% 76.9%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

COLLET, VINCENT
Strasbourg
" Madrid has been one of the best teams in Europe from the beginning of the season - perhaps even the best. When we managed to return to the game, we turned the ball over three times and Madrid got a big lead at halftime. They kept going after that, in the fourth quarter. We tried to come back, but it is too difficult against such a team. I regret that we played badly in the last three minutes of the first half, because we could have offered a different second half to our fans if we had kept control until the break."
LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"The game was a little bit like we expected. We came out with a lot of energy and it took us a while to understand the game. We were able to move the ball well on offense, get open shots with good percentages - probably one of our best days from beyond the three-point line because the ball movement was very good. Defensively, we were able to contain them. Ajinca hurt us, but we know only one man cannot beat us. It is important that everybody did well on defense. I am happy for the win, we won four straight, but we still have to fight to seal a Top 16 spot. I want to thank all the Madrid fans that came to watch the game. It is always important that our fans are behind us. There was a great atmosphere in the game and Strasbourg will be dangerous once they get a full roster, when the injured players are back."

Players

AJINCA, ALEXIS
Strasbourg
"When we got back to 5 points, we had the opportunity to come back, but we made mistakes and they moved 5 points ahead and then 20, ... We chased after them. We had a good fourth quarter, but we knew that it was a big team. Personally, I would have preferred that we fought until the end."
ABROMAITIS, TIM
Strasbourg
"Obviously, they are a great team. We stayed in the game for the first quarter and did pretty well at that time, but they kind of got away when they were able to start running and hitting tough shots coming off screens. That's what they do - make tough shots and tough plays. It is the level we aspire to be at. We fought hard and learned a lesson from it."
DARDEN, TREMMELL
Real Madrid
"It’s a good victory for us, especially on the road, playing a top team that has a lot of good players. So we are satisfied with this victory on the road."