2019-20Regular SeasonRound 26
February 24, 2020 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 WIZINK CENTER

Real puts one foot in the playoffs

Real Madrid put one foot in the playoffs by outgunning Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 96-77 in a special Monday night opener to Round 26 in the Spanish capital. Real raised its record to 20-6 and will qualify for the playoffs before this round ends if one of Valencia Basket, AX Armani Exchange Milan or Khimki Moscow Region lose later this week. Panathinaikos dropped to 14-12 but will retain its sixth-place standing. Real led 40-26 midway through the second quarter before Panathinaikos pulled within 3 points several times in the second half, but the hosts just kept piling up points to ensure victory, outscoring the Greens 23-13 in the fourth quarter. Walter Tavares led the winners with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, with Facundo Campazzo getting his own of 14 points and 10 assists. There were two of seven double-digit scorers for Real. Gabriel Deck added 13 points, Jaycee Carroll 12, Rudy Fernandez 11 and Trey Thompkins 11 each, and Nicolas Laprovittola 10. Panathinaikos got 13 points from Nick Calathes, while DeShaun Thomas, Ioannis Papapetrou and Jimmer Fredette scored 11 each.


Calathes hit a triple and fed Georgios Papagiannis for a 3-5 Panathinaikos lead, but Tavares, Usman Garuba, Campazzo, with a pair of triples, and Deck reeled off the next 12 points to make it 15-5. Ian Vougoukas stopped the bleeding and soon the Greens were within 23-16 on a triple by Andy Rautins and a dunk by Papagiannis. Free throws gave Real a 27-16 lead after 10 minutes. Rautins hit another triple and Thomas dropped layup in a 2-8 Panathinaikos run to within 29-24 early in the second quarter. Fernandez hit 2 triples and Carroll another to extend Real's lead again to 38-26. Papapetrou scored twice inside while Thomas and Calathes drilled triples for the Greens at 43-38. Carroll scored 5 points in a row for Real before Papapetrou answered from deep for a 48-41 halftime score. Fredette's triple and free throws cut the difference to 51-48 right after the break. Despite a three-point play by Tavares, when Calathes hit his third triple of the game, it was 58-55. Felipe Reyes and Trey Thompkins came off Real's bench for 4 points each, but Tyrese Rice hit from the arc and Ben Bentil downed free throws at 68-65. However, that's when Fernandez pour in 5 points give Real a 73-65 margin after 30 minutes. After Thompkins scored down low, Campazzo drilled a huge three-pointer to return the lead to double-digits, 78-67. Thompkins kept it going with a turnaround jumper inside and a three-pointer to suddenly boost the lead to 83-69. The hosts just kept extending the difference from there to make what had been a close game look like a blowout at the end.

Pivotal performer I

Panathinaikos had no answer for Walter Tavares, who didn't miss any field goals on his way to 15 points, added 10 rebounds and drew 6 fouls for a PIR of 30, the second-best total of his career. Tavares also held his counterpart, Georgios Papagiannis, to 6 points. Both players stand 2.20 meters tall.

Pivotal performer II

Facundo Campazzo outdueled assists leader Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos by dishing 10 of his own on Monday. Campazzo had everything to do with Real putting seven different scorers in double figures. He also tied his EuroLeague high by making 4 three-pointers among his 14 points.

Streak continues

The victory was Real's 10th in a row over Panathinaikos, going back to Game 2 of the 2017-18 playoffs, after which the Spaniards went on to win the EuroLeague title. Panathinaikos has not won in the Spanish capital since March 21, 2013.

Did you notice?

Real had 8-for-14 free throw shooting shortly after halftime, but proceeded to make 16 of 16 from that point to quash any thoughts of a Panathinaikos comeback.

Milestone

When he climbed off the bench with 6:07 left in the third quarter, Real big man Felipe Reyes made his 350th appearance in a EuroLeague game, a first for any player. Reyes, who turns 40 in mid-March and is one of only two players who played in the EuroLeague's inaugural season back in 2000-01, leads the competition in career games played.

Next games

Both teams get extra days off due to their early tipoff this week. When they return for Round 27, Real will do so with a visit to AX Armani Exchange Milan on Tuesday, March 3, the same night that Panathinaikos takes on its archrival, Olympiacos Piraeus, on the road.

Walter Tavares - Real Madrid - EB19
Monday, February 24, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; BOLTAUZER, MATEJ; HORDOV, TOMISLAV
Attendance: 9893
By Quarter1234
Real Madrid27212523
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens16252413
End of Quarter1234
Real Madrid27487396
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens16416578
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 20:07 11 0/2 3/8 2/2   1 1 1         1 2 7
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 27:45 14   4/6 2/2   3 3 10 3 2     2 2 26
8 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS 19:16 10 3/3 0/5 4/4 3 1 4 6 1 1     2 2 15
9 REYES, FELIPE 7:30 4     4/4       1         3 3 5
14 DECK, GABRIEL 25:27 13 5/10 0/3 3/4   4 4 2 2     2 1 2 11
16 GARUBA, USMAN 15:03 4 2/2 0/1 0/2 2   2   1 1   1 4 2  
17 NAKIC, MARIO 1:36   0/1       1 1     1   1     -2
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 21:15 12 3/5 2/6     1 1 1 1   1   3 1 8
22 TAVARES, WALTER 28:49 15 5/5   5/8 1 9 10 1     1     6 30
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 2:34   0/1                     1   -2
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 22:01 11 3/5 1/2 2/2 1 3 4 2           2 16
50 MEJRI, SALAH 8:37 2     2/2   1 1           2 2 3
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 96 21/34 10/31 24/30 10 27 37 24 8 5 2 4 19 24 123
        61.8% 32.3% 80%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
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
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN 32:35 11 4/4 1/6 0/1 1 3 4 1 1   2   2 4 15
5 RICE, TYRESE 18:20 7 0/4 2/3 1/2   2 2 3   2     1 4 7
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 13:00 6 2/6   2/2 2 2 4     2 1   2 1 4
8 RAUTINS, ANDY 6:26 6   2/2                   5   1
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 30:21 11 4/4 1/2     6 6     1     3 1 13
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 13:28 7 3/5   1/2   3 3 1         3 1 6
24 JOHNSON, WESLEY 9:39 4 1/1 0/1 2/2           1 1   1 1 3
32 FREDETTE, JIMMER 25:11 11 2/3 1/4 4/4   1 1 2   3   1   3 9
33 CALATHES, NICK 30:03 13 1/7 3/4 2/2   4 4 6   3   1 1 3 14
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 13:32     0/2         1         2   -3
50 BENTIL, BENJAMIN 7:25 2     2/2 1 1 2           4 1 1
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 17/34 10/24 14/17 4 24 28 14 1 12 4 2 24 19 72
        50% 41.7% 82.4%
Head coach: PITINO, RICK

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"I think it was a very hard game for us from the beginning. We had a lot of guys who couldn't play. But I think everybody stepped up and gave their best. I think we always found somebody who could help us in the offensive end, but everyone played great team defense. We talked about this at halftime, and I think in the second half we were very solid at defensive rebounding, we controlled the pace of the game, and, finally, we got a very important victory against a great team."
PITINO, RICK
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"In the last two games, against Barcelona and Madrid, we got physically overpowered, almost at every position. Not only did we allow them to shoot 61% on two-pointers, but we also put them to the line 30 times. So we were getting overpowered physically in both games. We're a little small and we lack some toughness, because if you're smaller, you have to be tougher, and we were neither tonight. We played hard, but we just weren't physically tough enough to stop their mismatches."

Players

TAVARES, WALTER
Real Madrid
"I said that in the second half that we had to keep up our intensity, our focus, and I think that was the key for us to stay in the game and never give up."
CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO
Real Madrid
"I feel very happy. We played a great game, a great second half. We have a lot of injured players, so now we want to rest a little bit and come back strong."
RAUTINS, ANDY
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"I thought we were in it for a while. We lost focus. Too many turnovers, too many fouls. We have lots of room to improve. I think we are still a very talented team, and we just have to find ways to win. We have to work on our defensive transition, on staying in front of players more, and on not giving up second-chance opportunities."