Game Center: Madrid captures its 10th title in style
In the 260th of the season, with the trophy waiting at courtside, Real Madrid denied Fenerbahce Dogus a repeat title and took the trophy home to the Spanish capital for the 10th time in its illustrious history. By dominating the second half and holding off at the finish for an 85-80 victory, Madrid put the finishing touches on a remarkable season of perseverance and a stellar weekend at the Final Four, knocking off the first-place team all season, CSKA Moscow, in the semis, before seeing off second-place Fenerbahce on Sunday.
Championship Game, Real Madrid 85-80 Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Real Madrid won its 10th EuroLeague title by defeating Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 85-80 in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game at Stark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday. Fabien Causeur started and scored a team-high 17 points and Luka Doncic tallied 15 points and 4 assists to earn the Final Four MVP honor. Trey Thompkins added 10 points, none more important than his put-back of a missed free throw with 18 seconds left, in a true team effort that saw 11 different Madrid players score. Pablo Laso became the first Spanish coach in 37 years to win multiple EuroLeague titles, while Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Llull, Felipe Reyes, Facu Campazzo, Gustavo Ayon and Jaycee Carroll each won his second EuroLeague crown. Nicolo Melli paced Fenerbahce with 28 points and 6 rebounds and Brad Wanamaker scored 14 and dished 5 assists in defeat. Fenerbahce led 38-40 at halftime, but Los Blancos scored the first 7 points if the second half and never trailed again. The lead peaked at 11 in the fourth quarter before Fenerbahce rallied late to get within 3, but after the big play by Thompkins, Madrid rode it out to the finish and a new EuroLeague title.
Third Place Game, CSKA Moscow 77-79 Zalgiris Kaunas
Zalgiris finished the season in style by holding off a late CSKA Moscow surge to win the third place game 77-79. Zalgiris led by as many as 24 points in the third quarter, but CSKA dominated the fourth to get within 2 and set up a tight finish. Vasilije Micic and Paulius Jankunas scored 15 points apiece to pace Zalgiris and Edgaras Ulanovas added 14. Othello Hunter and Misha Kulagin led CSKA with 14 points each in defeat.