2018-19Regular SeasonRound 26
March 14, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Causeur shines as Madrid clinches home-court advantage

Real Madrid cruised to a 75-100 victory over Khimki Moscow Region on Thursday at Arena Mytishchi to clinch home-court advantage for the playoffs and remain in the hunt for the top spot overall. Madrid improved to 20-6 and is one win behind first-placed Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. Fabien Causeur was the hero with a season-high 22 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting. Rudy Fernandez added 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from downtown, Gabriel Deck added 12 points and Trey Thompkins 10. Walter Tavares collected 11 rebounds as Madrid dominated the glass 24-48. Alexey Shved paced Khimki with 21 points, but his 2 assists marked a season-low. Malcolm Thomas netted 15 points and Stefan Markovic had 13 as Khimki lost its fourth straight game to fall to 9-17.

Three-pointers were the shots of choice for both teams early with a Malcolm Thomas triple giving the hosts an 8-7 edge. Jaycee Carroll heated up to put Madrid briefly up by 4. Sergio Llull and Shved traded threes to make it 15-14 before the TV timeout. Fernandez connected from downtown to lift the visitors to a 22-24 edge after 10 minutes and then banked in a second three to start the second quarter. Madrid continued to fire away from outside with Causeur hitting twice to make it 29-36. Gustavo Ayon scored on three straight Madrid possessions, which set up Facu Camapazzo to give the visitors the game's first double-digit margin, 33-43 when he split free throws. Thomas helped Khimki halve the deficit, but Camapzzo finished the half strong and his buzzer-beater gave Madrid 8 unanswered points and a 38-51 advantage at the break. Vyacheslav Zaytsev ignited the Khimki fans with a dunk over the league's leading shot blocker, Walter Tavares. However, Llull heated up to keep Madrid in control at 45-58. Shved lowered the difference to 8 only to see Causeur score 8 in a 0-12 roll that extended the Madrid lead to 50-70 at the end of the third quarter. The visitors added on the first 5 points of the fourth quarter before Tony Crocker ended the Khimki drought with a triple. The hosts never quit and cut into the Madrid lead, but the outcome was never in doubt. The Madrid lead peaked at 70-96 on a Thompkins three as the visitors claimed another win.

Game-changing sequence

Khimki trailed by 5 with 2 minutes remaining in the second quarter and the game seemed to be anything but over, however, Madrid finished the half with 8 unanswered points to lead 38-51 at halftime and Khimki never seriously threatened again. Gabriel Deck came in fresh off the bench to score the first 4 points before Facundo Campazzo scored 4 points in the final 8 seconds of the half – first sinking a pair of free throws and then beating the halftime buzzer for a layup.

Telling numbers

Madrid outshot Khimki from every distance and dominated the rebounds, which is a great recipe for victory. Madrid made 18 of 31 two-pointers (58.1%) and 14 of 29 threes (48.3%). Khimki was 16 of 38 (42.1%) inside the arc and 9 of 28 (32.1%) from downtown. Madrid took 48 rebounds, while Khimki settled for 24. Madrid also racked up 26 assists, which were 12 more than Khimki.

Did you notice?

Sergio Llull and Rudy Fernandez continued their climbs up the all-time three-point shooting charts. With 2 triples, Llull leapfrogged Gianluca Basile for fourth place with 422 career threes. Olympiacos Piraeus star Vassilis Spanoulis is third with 450 and counting. Fernandez's 5 threes on the night took him past Jaka Lakovic for sixth place with 384.

Next games

Both teams will be in action again on Wednesday, March 20. Madrid has a home date with AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan, while Khimki travels to face Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul.

Fabien Causeur - Real Madrid - EB18
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS
Attendance: 6456
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Khimki Moscow Region22161225
Real Madrid24271930
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Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 29:00 21 3/7 2/7 9/10   1 1 2 3 4   2 2 9 18
5 CROCKER, TONY 23:35 5 0/3 1/4 2/2   1 1     2     4 1 -5
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 16:54 8 4/7 0/1 0/1 1   1 1   1     2 1 3
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 25:38 13 1/3 2/2 5/5 1   1 5 1 1     2 2 17
11 HARRISON, ANDREW DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 24:27 5 1/3 1/3     3 3 2 1 1 1 1 2   4
15 GUBANOV, PETR 11:09 6 0/1 2/3     1 1   1 1     3   2
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 18:35 2 1/4 0/2   1 2 3   1   1 1 5 1 -3
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 24:53   0/1 0/3     1 1   2     1 1 2 -1
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 25:49 15 6/9 1/3 0/1 5 2 7 4 1       5 1 17
25 MICKEY, JORDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 KADOSHNIKOV, DMITRII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 75 16/38 9/28 16/19 11 13 24 14 10 10 2 5 26 17 57
        42.1% 32.1% 84.2%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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 25:08 22 4/7 4/5 2/2 1 3 4 2 1 2     1 2 24
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 21:13 15   5/8     2 2 5 1   1   2 1 20
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 19:31 5 1/2 0/1 3/4   1 1 9 1       1 5 17
9 REYES, FELIPE 13:21         1 2 3     1     3 1  
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 11:10 6 3/5     1 4 5 1   3 2 1 1 1 8
16 YUSTA, SANTI 2:59 4   1/1 1/2       1         1 1 4
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 14:37 7 1/3 1/5 2/2 1 1 2 1         1 2 5
22 TAVARES, WALTER 21:54 8 2/4   4/6 5 6 11 1 1 2 2   1 6 22
23 LLULL, SERGIO 23:38 8 0/1 2/5 2/2 1 6 7 5   2     2 2 14
24 DECK, GABRIEL 14:08 12 3/4   6/6 1 1 2     2       3 14
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 19:27 11 4/4 1/4   1 4 5   1 4         10
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 12:54 2 0/1   2/2 1   1 1   1   1 4 2 -1
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 100 18/31 14/29 22/26 15 33 48 26 5 17 5 2 17 26 142
        58.1% 48.3% 84.6%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"Congratulations to Real Madrid on a good game. They were as good as against Fenerbahce last week, so today's result was logical. Rebounding is our major problem. Also, we had some turnovers, but today we made only 10 mistakes. That is a good result in the EuroLeague against such a good team like Real Madrid. If we face a team that is [taller] and physically stronger, we have problems with rebounds and even before the game it’s clear that we concede to our opponent in this component. The same picture was in our last game vs. Baskonia. Today starting from the first quarter, we saw that such small guys like Causeur and Llull took many rebounds. They had the right approach, but we didn’t."
LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"Of course we had some problems. We were facing a great team, great shooters, they have a lot of mobility on their big guys. They can shoot outside. So we knew it was going to be hard, but I think my team was very concentrated from the beginning. The work was done minute by minutes. It was very workful the way we were able to control and keep going up and finally, we got a good difference and a great victory that secured the playoff home advantage. So I'm happy, knowing that it's not easy to beat this team. Every game has difficulties, but I think we solved them pretty well. We knew that if we were able to have patience on offense and put our big guys close to the basket they would have problems, so I think that's something we did very good. We moved the ball well, we waited for our big guys to get close to the basket and with that focus inside we were able to move the ball, find open jumpers and rebound them, also defensively. I think it was a very solid performance from my team."

Players

ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV
Khimki Moscow Region
"We started well, played good defense and made shots in the first quarter that turned to be good. Real Madrid is a great team and at some moment of the game we failed and then couldn't make a comeback. They held this margin and scored a confident win. In the third quarter, they were leading by 20 points, but we fought, made efforts and did it on maximum. It was tough to go inside their paint with Tavares, but in the beginning we managed to adjust to him and then couldn’t do the right things with the ball."
CAUSEUR, FABIEN
Real Madrid
"I think we played a very solid game for 40 minutes. Our good defense led us to take good shots on offense. We had to be ready for Khimki because they're a team that can score a lot of points. We controlled the rebounds and we had the ability to run the fastbreak, so it's a good win for us. At the beginning, Khimki was playing their basketball. I think in the second quarter we played much better on defense, more toughness. I think we had 18 points in transition and fastbreaks and it gave us confidence for the rest of the game."
TAVARES, WALTER
Real Madrid
"We played a great game. We were solid from the first minute to the last minute and there was the key because we know they can come back fast because they have a great scorer on the team. We stayed focused and did a great job on him. They tried to pick-and-pop on me every time and I gotta go inside and try and get the rebound on the switch or whatever the team needs me to do. That's my job, to get the rebound, block shots and intimidate. That's it."