Game Center, Playoffs Game 4: Real Madrid joins the party!
Real Madrid joined the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four celebrations after winning its best-of-five playoffs series in Game 4 and thus joining CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce Istanbul for European basketball's biggest party. One slot remain open after Olympiacos Piraeus's road win forced a fifth-and-deciding game against Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Greece next week.
Real Madrid completed a 3-1 series victory over Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on Friday with a 78-89 victory in Game 4 at Volkswagen Arena. Madrid will return to Istanbul next month for the Final Four and meet Fenerbahce Istanbul in the semifinal. Sergio Llull scored 17 points and dished 5 assists to lead a balanced Madrid attack that featured five scorers in double figures. Trey Thompkins added 15 points, including 8 in a 0-10 second-quarter run that gave the visitors the lead for good, and Luka Doncic tallied 11 points and 7 assists. Brad Wanamaker led Darussafaka with 25 points as the team bowed out after making history by reaching the playoffs for the first time in club history. Darussafaka trailed by as many as 17 in the fourth quarter, but rallied to within 6 with two minutes to go. Ultimately Coach David Blatt's men were undone by poor three-point shooting (6 of 27, 22.2%).
Olympiacos Piraeus survived on the road to set up a deciding Game 5 on its home floor by rallying from an early double-digit deficit to defeat Anadolu Efes Istanbul 62-74 on Friday night at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul. The Reds hits 12 three-pointers on the night, tying the series at 2-2 despite trailing 27-14 in the second quarter. The visitors erased the deficit by halftime and took the lead after the break by hitting 5 triples in the third quarter, before running away with victory behind a defense that allowed only 4 points in the opening eight minutes of the fourth quarter. Vassilis Spanoulis paced Olympiacos and hit a number of clutch shots to finish the game with 18 points on 5-for-11 three-point shooting plus 4 assists. Jayson Granger scored 10 of his 17 points in the first quarter and was the only Efes scorer in double figures.