2010-11, Playoffs Game 1: Home teams go 1-0 with record-setting wins and thrillers!
The 2011 Quarterfinal Playoffs got off to a truly remarkable start with each game delivering something different, but all four featuring must-see basketball. In the end, the four home teams opened their respective best-of-five series with wins to each take a step towards the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona, but there is still much basketball to be played and anything can happen in Game 2, which is less than 48 hours away. The night began in Piraeus, Greece, where the locals showed no mercy as Olympiacos pounded Montepaschi Siena 89-41, setting Playoffs records for largest margin of victory (48) and rebounds (55). The Reds, who started the game with 19 unanswered points, also set Euroleague records for fewest point allowed in a half (9) and fewest through three quarters (22). Ioannis Bourousis made a triumphant return from injury with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Caja Laboral held off Maccabi Electra 76-70 behind Stanko Barac’s 17 points. The Spanish champs took control for good as David Logan and Fernando San Emeterio led a 12-2 first-quarter run and Maccabi never got closer than 4 after that. Mirza Teletovic added a double-double for the winners. Maccabi’s Richard Hendrix set a Playoffs record with 16 rebounds and had season highs of 16 points and 4 blocks in defeat. Regal FC Barcelona edged Panathinaikos 83-82 in a game that came down to the final shot. Barcelona was clutch in the final minute to seemingly seal the game, but Diamantidis sank a late three and then Victor Sada committed an unsportsmanlike foul with 1.7 seconds left that gave the visitors of chance to win at the buzzer. However Diamantidis came up short on a night when he went for a career-high 26 points. Juan Carlos Navarro paced the champs with 13 points. Real Madrid downed Power Electronics Valencia 71-65 in a game that went back and forth down the stretch. Nikola Mirotic, who was scoreless until the last period, scored 11 points in the decisive quarter, including a game-breaking three, to gift new head coach Lele Molin his first Euroleague victory. Ante Tomic led the winners with 14 points. For Valencia, Nando De Colo had 15. The odds are now stacked against the Game 1 losers, but expect all four to come back ready to battle till the end on Thursday.