Strong fourth quarter carries Madrid past Panathinaikos
Real Madrid used a fourth-quarter run to pull away for an 89-68 home victory over Panathinaikos OPAP Athens for its third straight win. Fabien Causeur led the way for Madrid with 14 points while Facundo Campazzo had 13 points and 5 assists, Walter Tavares 11 points and 7 rebounds and Gustavo Ayon 8 points and 9 rebounds. The win pushed Madrid’s record to 11-2 overall and 7-1 at home. Panathinaikos fell to 6-7 with its fourth loss in the last five games and a 1-5 record away from home. Keith Langford scored 20 points in a losing effort while Nick Calathes collected 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Calathes opened the scoring, but Panathinaikos could not get anything going after that. Madrid had Causeur knocking down a pair of three-pointers in scoring 8 points in a 16-0 run to go up 16-2. Ian Vougioukas snapped Panathinaikos's five-and-a-half minute scoreless drought and Calathes's next basket made it 18-8, but Panathinaikos was getting burned on the glass as Madrid already had 4 offensive rebounds for a 21-10 lead, which was 23-10 after 10 minutes. The Madrid onslaught continued in the second quarter with a 9-2 start, featuring a Jeffery Taylor three-pointer for a 32-12 lead. Taylor added two more scores and it was 38-18 when Nikos Pappas finally hit Panathinaikos's first three-pointer after the guests missed their first 7 attempts from behind the arc. Langford followed from long range and the deficit was 38-24. Langford added another three to pull within 40-29, but Campazzo punched right back with a triple and the hosts led 43-31 at the break. Georgios Papagiannis opened the second half and cut the margin to 10 points, but Anthony Randolph and Sergio Llull hit from outside in a 10-2 surge and Madrid led 53-35. Papagiannis and Langford combined for 8 points in a 2-14 Panathinaikos run to trim the gap to 59-53. Llull and Campazzo hit for the hosts, who were up 63-55 after 30 minutes. Calathes's three to start the fourth quarter made it 63-58, but Jaycee Carroll hit at the other end and then Madrid scored 4 points on an unsportsmanlike foul by Calathes with Trey Thompkins's free throws making it 71-58. The hosts put the game to bed with a 13-0 run with 4 points from Tavares, who added a three-point play for an 89-63 lead with 2 minutes left.
Panathinaikos was still hanging around - down just 5 points early in the fourth quarter, but Real Madrid scored the next 8 points to pull away and then finished the game for good with a 13-0 run later in the quarter.
Gustavo Ayon was one of six Madrid players with 8 points or more as he tallied 8 points, but also collected a team-high 9 rebounds along with 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks - all in 23 minutes of action.
History made Part I
En route to scoring 7 points, Sergio Llull made a pair of 2-point shots and with that scored the 500th two-point field goal in his illustrious EuroLeague career.
History made Part II
Jaycee Carroll picked up 4 points and in doing so scored the 2,000th point of his EuroLeague career.
Real Madrid dominated the boards with a 42-24 rebounding advantage, including 12 offensive rebounds. That off-set the hosts turning the ball over 15 times compared to just 7 for Panathinaikos.
Real Madrid will look to make it four wins in a row when it travels to FC Bayern Munich on Friday. Panathinaikos returns home and will face AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018