2019-20Regular SeasonRound 17
January 03, 2020 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ASTROBALLE

Madrid fends off ASVEL, continues win streak

Real Madrid returned to joint first place by picking up a strong 77-87 victory at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Trey Thompkins scored 20 points with 7 rebounds and Jordan Mickey added 18 points and 7 rebounds for Real, which has now collected 12 straight wins for a 14-3 record. Rudy Fernandez chipped in 18 points with 5 three-pointers while Nicolas Laprovittola had 12 points and Fabien Causeur scored 11 points in the win. Real was missing some major names, playing without Anthony Randolph, Gabriel Deck, Jaycee Carroll, Sergio Llull and Felipe Reyes, but led nearly all the way. ASVEL was paced by Charles Kahudi with 18 points, while Rihards Lomazs and Livio Jean-Charles both scored 10 points. But they were not enough for ASVEL, which dropped to 8-9, including just its third loss in 10 games at the Astroballe.

Kahudi’s free throws started the scoring while Thompkins’ three-point play got Madrid on the board. Jordan Taylor knocked down a trey for the hosts but Thompkins added a three-pointer and two more baskets as Real opened a 11-14 lead. ASVEL got a triple from Kahudi for an 18-14 lead but Mickey answered with four straight free throws as well as a block then a layup in a 0-9 surge, before Adreian Payne’s three made it 21-23 after 10 minutes. Lomasz and Thompkins swapped three-pointers to start the second period and after two turnovers and two missed free throws for ASVEL, Fernandez knocked down a pair of three-balls and a long jumper as the guests moved ahead 28-36. Tonye Jekiri was rejected by Salah Mejri but Theo Maledon and Taylor scored over the Real big man to close within 34-38. Madrid got three straight three-balls from Fernandez, Thompkins and Laprovittola, with the latter making it a four-point play for a 37-52 advantage at the break. Jekiri and Edy Tavares both had two baskets early in the second half, with Tavares’ second being a dunk for a 41-58 cushion. Kahudi responded with back-to-back triples as ASVEL closed to within 49-58, but Real punched right back with its next weapon as Causeur had 7 points including a triple in a 0-11 run over more than 3 minutes for a 49-69 margin. ASVEL would not go down without a fight as Payne nailed back-to-back treys to close the quarter on a 10-3 spurt, making it 59-72 after 30 minutes. ASVEL did not score in the first 3 minutes of the final frame and Laprovittola increased the gap to 59-75. Mickey added a three-point play and the bulge was 61-79 with 6 minutes to play. ASVEL had one more fightback left with Lomasz draining two long-balls, and Taylor’s free throw pulled the home side within 70-81 with under 4 minutes to play. But Thompkins continued his strong game and Tavares had two blocks and a basket to finish off any comeback attempt.

Season highs all-around

It was a game for season highs for Real Madrid players. Trey Thompkins’ 20 points topped his previous best of 14 while Jordan Mickey’s top showing this season was 16 points before he had 18 points in this game. Rudy Fernandez came into the game with a season best of 13 before his 18 points and Nicolas Laprovittola’s 12 points topped his previous high of 8 points.

No luck in replacing Mitrovic

T.J. Parker was serving as head coach of ASVEL as Zvezdan Mitrovic unable to attend the game due to illness. But the brother of club president Tony Parker could not lead ASVEL to a win over Real in the Spanish giant’s first game in Villeurbanne since 2003.

Telling numbers

ASVEL could not find a rhythm on offense, hitting just 34.0 percent of its two-point shots though the home side turned it over just nine times. Real, meanwhile, connected on 58.8 percent from two-point range.

Next games

ASVEL finishes off a four-game stretch of home games as it will host Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade on January 10. Madrid finally returns home after three consecutive road games when it welcomes Zalgiris Kaunas on January 9.

Jordan Mickey - Real Madrid - EB19
Friday, January 3, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO; MOGULKOC, EMIN; VAN DEN BROECK, NICK
Attendance: 5548
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LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne21162218
Real Madrid23292015
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LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne21375977
Real Madrid23527287
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 TAYLOR, JORDAN 25:33 8 2/8 1/4 1/2 1 4 5 5   1   1 2 4 8
3 JEKIRI, TONYE 25:01 6 2/7   2/2 5 6 11 1   1   2 2 1 9
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 24:33 18 2/3 4/6 2/2 1 1 2 2 1       3 5 22
6 MALEDON, THEO 18:35 7 3/6 0/1 1/2   3 3 1 1 2     2 2 5
9 LOMAZS, RIHARDS 12:54 10 0/2 3/4 1/2         1     1 2 1 5
11 GALLIOU, CHARLES DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 NOUA, AMINE 7:44           2 2           2    
17 JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO 22:36 10 4/6   2/2 3 4 7 1 1 1 1   1 1 17
19 DIOT, ANTOINE 14:11   0/2 0/1     1 1 4   2     2   -2
21 BAKO, ISMAEL 5:05 2 1/2     1   1       1   2   1
23 LIGHTY, DAVID 27:24 5 2/8 0/4 1/2 1 3 4   4 2   2 3 1 -4
33 PAYNE, ADREIAN 16:24 11 0/3 3/7 2/2 1   1 1       1 3 1 3
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 77 16/47 11/27 12/16 16 24 40 15 8 10 2 7 24 16 66
        34% 40.7% 75%
Head coach: MITROVIC, ZVEZDAN
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 28:35 11 3/4 1/3 2/2 1   1 3 1 2   1 3 5 12
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 24:44 18 1/2 5/6 1/2   3 3 1   1     1 3 20
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 26:30 2 0/1 0/2 2/2   4 4 9 2 3       5 16
8 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS 15:38 12 3/5 1/1 3/3   2 2 3 2 2     1 3 17
16 GARUBA, USMAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 NAKIC, MARIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 TAVARES, WALTER 16:24 6 3/5     2 2 4       4   4   8
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 29:40 18 5/6 0/3 8/11 2 5 7 1   1 2   2 6 24
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 35:02 20 5/9 3/9 1/1 1 6 7 1   3     2 1 14
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 15:15   0/2       5 5 1 1 1   1 2   1
50 MEJRI, SALAH 8:12           3 3       1   1 1 4
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 87 20/34 10/24 17/21 7 32 39 19 6 13 7 2 16 24 119
        58.8% 41.7% 81%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid

“It’s a good start [to the new year]. I think we had a good performance all around. We had mistakes but we were able to compete very well on both ends. Defensively we were solid. They opened up the floor with some three-pointers but we stayed solid defensively and didn’t give them offensive rebounds and we moved the ball pretty well. I am happy with the victory and happy with the performance of the team on a difficult day for us with a lot of guys missing. It was very physical. We know how they play here. Very strong, a lot of contact. But we were able to move the ball well and find good positions. And when we didn’t make turnovers we were able to hit our jumpers. So I am happy with the way we played offensively, even knowing it was going to be hard from the beginning.“

TJ Parker

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne

"We were right there with them. I really wish we could have finished the first half better than we did. After that timeout when we made it 34-38, they went on a 3-15 run, and that makes a big difference. We made some mistakes, some turnovers and with big teams like that, you get punished right away."

Players

JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"We were in trouble at the end of second quarter and we never could get back in the game. We had a good reaction in the second half, which is a good sign for the future. For sure, we are unhappy with this loss but we showed good things on the court and in our minds."
LOMAZS, RIHARDS
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"In the first half, we were too soft on defense and they took confidence. Then it’s difficult to chase the score. In the second half, we showed good things, but 15 points were too many. We are sad with this loss, but not for too long because we have a big game on Sunday at Monaco to stay in first place in the French League."
MICKEY, JORDAN
Real Madrid
“It was a tough game. They are very physical. They out-rebound a lot of teams so that was one of our focuses coming in: just rebound the ball and play our game. That’s what we did. There really was no difference, we adjusted our gameplan a little bit, we had a couple guys who were injured. But we just went out and executed.“
CAUSEUR, FABIEN
Real Madrid
“Another win, but it was a tough game. We know that Villeurbanne is going to be very physical. They have a lot of big players. That’s their strength. We wanted to be serious from the beginning, we knew it would be tough and I think we did a good job. We needed to react today. There were some players who did not play today, so other guys had to step up and we had a very good game.“
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