On this day one decade ago, FC Barcelona and Olympiacos Piraeus won their respective semifinal games against CSKA Moscow and Partizan Belgrade in the Final Four at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy.
Barca advances in first semifinal
The star-studded Barcelona team had reached the Final Four with an 18-2 record during the season, including a 3-1 playoff series victory against archrival Real Madrid and it was ready to go all the way. CSKA started by dominating in the first minutes and was ahead 4-11 midway through the first quarter. However, an 8-0 run for Barca made it 12-11 and the Catalan team was on its way to a 64-54 victory. It was tied for the third-lowest scoring output in CSKA history. Fran Vazquez led the winners with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Ricky Rubio and Juan Carlos Navarro added 10 points apiece, the former also delivered 8 assists to tie the Final Four record at the time. For CSKA, Ramunas Siskauskas led all scorers with 19 points in defeat.
A heart-stopping thriller
In the second semifinal, Olympiacos was the favorite against a Partizan team that was the surprise of the season, reaching the Final Four for the first time in 12 years. Partizan started with a 10-2, but the Reds reacted and it was a close deal until the final moments when Josh Childress' put-back dunk tied it 67-67 after 40 minutes. In overtime, Partizan started suffering from foul trouble and Olympiacos made its way to the final win little by little via free throws. Linas Kleiza led the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Childress and Milos Teodosic added 17 each. Bo McCalebb starred with 21 points, leading a Partizan team that was celebrated with a long standing ovation by its fans in the French capital.
What happened next
In the championship game, Barcelona dominated from tip to buzzer to lift its second EuroLeague title and first since 2003. Juan Carlos Navarro was chosen MVP of the Final Four by leading his team to an 86-68 win. In the game for third place, CSKA Moscow defeated Partizan in another overtime thriller by a single basket, 90-88. Olympiacos would have to wait another two years before it captured EuroLeague glory in Istanbul in 2012.