2009-10Regular SeasonRound 6
December 02, 2009 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO VISTALEGRE
Jorge Garbajosa - Real MadridReal Madrid took the big showdown atop the Group D standings by downing Khimki Moscow Region 70-59 in the Spanish capital on Wednesday night. Madrid improved to 5-1 and secured at least a share of first place in Group D. Meanwhile, Khimki dropped to 4-2 and faces a pivotal home game against Euroleague defending champion Panathinaikos next week. Jorge Garbajosa led the winners with 13 points. Pablo Prigioni added 11 and 7 assists while Novica Velickovic and Darjus Lavrinovic each had 10 for Madrid. Robertas Javtokas led Khimki with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Keith Langford added 11 points for the guests. There was an electric atmosphere in Madrid one day before the 20th anniversary of Fernando Martin's tragic death. Martin was one of the best big men in European basketball history and the first Spanish player to join a NBA team. He passed away at age 27 on December 3, 1989 in a car accident, and was remembered with posters and jerseys at Palacio Vistalegre tonight. Madrid led for the best part of the game and kept a 50-43 edge after 30 minutes. Garbajosa sank consecutive baseline jumpers in the final minutes to seal the outcome and rounded his big game with a three-pointer to make Madrid round an important win in style.

Madrid used a tall starting lineup with Velickovic at small forward and a recovered Felipe Reyes at center. Meanwhile, Khimki tried to control the game tempo with Raul Lopez replacing Carlos Cabezas in its starting five. Javtokas got Khimki going with a jump hook and Lopez added a driving layup for a 0-4 lead. Madrid went scoreless for more than 2 minutes until Louis Bullock sank a triple. Kelly McCarty and Velickovic traded layups in transition and Langford banked in a turnaround shot for a 5-8 score. Javtokas scored off a pick-and-roll in the high post to make Madrid call timeout at 5-10. Madrid kept struggling to score and tried to add more fire power with Travis Hansen and Lavrinovic on court now. Lavrinovic shined with a second-chance basket and soon split free throws for a 8-10 Madrid deficit. Vitaliy Fridzon nailed his trademark corner three-pointer but Lavrinovic scored again and Velickovic added a power layup to get the hosts within 12-13 after 10 minutes.

Sergio Llull struck from downtown early in the second quarter but a layup by Timofey Mozgov quickly tied it at 15-15. Cabezas sank free throws, as Madrid tried a more defensive lineup with Sergi Vidal and Hansen at both wings. Vidal took over with a driving layup that Langford matched with an uncontested dunk. Prigioni buried a seven-meter bomb and soon added free throws to give Madrid some fresh air at 22-19. McCarty sank free throws but back-to-back acrobatic layups by Reyes and Prigioni boosted Madrid's lead to 27-21, after a 10-2 run. Paulius Jankunas silenced the crowd with a bonb from downtown but Garbajosa took over with a running jumper. Khimki kept trying to open the court with Jankunas and Javtokas away from the basket but Madrid excelled in defense now. Garbajosa took over with a driving basket but Langford beat the buzzer with a three-pointer off the dribble to bring Khimki within 31-28 at halftime.

Robertas Javtokas - BC KhimkiVelickovic scored off a midcourt steal immediately after the break while Hansen buried a corner three-pointer to give Madrid a 35-28 lead. Javtokas scored in the paint that Lavrinovic bettered that with a big triple. Velickovic added free throws in a 8-0 run that Hansen capped with a triple - exactly from the same spot - to make Khimki call timeout at 43-30. Jankunas tried to change things with a put-back layup but Khimki and Javtokas scored down low but another triple by Hansen kept the hosts way ahead, 46-35. Javtokas and Langford kept pacing Khimki with free throws but a floating jumper by Reyes gave Madrid some fresh air at 48-40. Despite having entered the foul bonus, Madrid kept great intensity in defense. Bullock made free throws that Mozgov erased with an off-balance jump hook. A left-handed driving layup by Cabezas allowed Khimki to keep all chances open, 50-45, after 30 minutes.

Garbajosa sank free throws early in the fourth quarter and Prigioni added a driving layup to keep Madrid out of trouble at 54-45. Khimki called a much-needed timeout and tried to open the court with Fedor Dmitriev at power forward. Fridzon sank free throws and Langford downed a three-pointer to give the guests some hope at 58-50. Madrid now used twin point guards with Llull and Prigioni together on court. Lavrinovic beat the shot clock with a jump hook, as Khimki kept struggling to score against the hosts' perfectly adjusted man-to-man defense. Javtokas hit a jump hook that Garbajosa matched with a baseline jumper. McCarty downed a corner triple for a 62-55 Khimki deficit with more than 3 minutes left. Llull buried a three-pointer but Javtokas rescued the guests with a second-chance layup and Fridzon scored in transition for a 65-59 score with 1:52 to go. A four-meter jumper by Garbajosa sealed the outcome, 67-59, with a minute left, allowing all Madrid fans to celebrate a critical win in the race to win Group D.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL)
Attendance: 10800
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Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 32:59 11 2/2 1/4 4/4   4 4 7   1     1 4 21
6 HANSEN, TRAVIS 21:37 8 1/2 2/5     3 3 1 4       4 1 9
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 21:59 10 3/6 1/1 1/4 2 4 6 1 2 2     4 2 9
9 REYES, FELIPE 14:40 4 2/7     1 4 5     2     1 1 2
12 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 32:59 10 4/6 0/1 2/3 3 4 7 3 2 4 1   1 3 17
15 GARBAJOSA, JORGE 27:58 13 4/6 1/1 2/2   3 3 1 1 1 2   4 3 16
20 VIDAL, SERGI 16:46 2 1/1 0/1     1 1     1     1 1 1
21 DASIC, VLADIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 14:30 6 0/3 1/2 3/4           1     2 3 1
23 LLULL, SERGIO 16:32 6   2/4     1 1           3   2
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 70 17/33 8/19 12/17 7 26 33 13 9 13 3 0 21 18 80
        51.5% 42.1% 70.6%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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
BC Khimki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 35:17 11 2/5 2/6 1/4   3 3 1 1 1   1 1 7 10
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 21:40 7 1/2 1/4 2/2 2   2 1 2 1       3 10
8 TOPOROV, SERGEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 28:04 5 1/1 0/3 3/5 1 2 3 2   4     3 2  
11 SMYGIN, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 DMITRIEV, FEDOR 10:47     0/1     2 2 3   1     3    
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 19:42 5 1/1 1/4   1 3 4           3   3
14 GUBANOV, PETR 6:49           2 2 1   1     1   1
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 29:12 17 6/12   5/8 6 3 9     1     2 6 20
18 LOPEZ, RAUL 11:56 2 1/3 0/1   1 2 3 5 1 1   1 2   4
21 McCARTY, KELLY 25:45 8 1/5 1/2 3/5   1 1 1 1 2     1 3 4
25 MOZGOV, TIMOFEY 10:48 4 2/4     1 1 2     1   1 2    
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 59 15/33 5/21 14/24 13 22 35 14 5 14 0 3 18 21 55
        45.5% 23.8% 58.3%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO

Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
Real Madrid
"It was a very physical game. The team played very strong at every position today. This win is going to make things easier as far as competing for first place in the group. We had some problems in attack, but thanks to our great defense and control of the boards we were able to win a game that was supposed to be pretty difficult for us."
SCARIOLO, SERGIO
BC Khimki
"We did what we could to maintain the rhythm with good defense in the first half, but our big fault has been that we weren't very accurate on offense and we missed some easy shots. Even so, we made things difficult for Real Madrid. In summary, I am happy with my team and we'll keep working in order to arrive as best we can to the Top 16."

Players

PRIGIONI, PABLO
Real Madrid
"As we expected, it was a very hard game between two quality teams that know each other well. The key to the win was our defense and playing intelligently. In the second half we got ahead by 10 or 12 points. We have to maintain the same capacity of concentration because we are playing well now and we have games with tough teams ahead. You can always improve and grow."
GARBAJOSA, JORGE
Real Madrid
"It was a very hard game, as we expected, above all because any team Sergio Scariolo coaches always fight very hard. The good thing is that thanks to our good work on defense we were able to win the game. We came in to this game tied with Khimki so it is an important win for us. This victory will be good for our moral and motivate us to work even harder because we know we have a long way to go."
LANGFORD, KEITH
BC Khimki
"I am a little disappointed because we have played well, mainly in the first part, but in the end we haven't been able to finish the job. There are some very strong teams against whom you cannot relax even for a minute, and that was the way today with a Real Madrid team that is really on good form. Our objective is to keep improving and work every game toward the goal of making the Top 16."
JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS
BC Khimki
"It has been a great game, above all in the third quarter, when we played better. The bad part is that in the end we paid a heavy price for our mistakes. It's clear that this is one of the best groups and teams like Madrid are very strong. I think they can play even better than they did tonight. We have to go step by step, and our objective is to finish second in this group heading into the Top 16."
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