2014-15PlayoffsGame 2
April 17, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 BARCLAYCARD CENTER

Madrid uses late run, Rodriguez free throws, to edge Efes

Real Madrid rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit and a 7-point hole with 2:18 to go to defeat Anadolu Efes Istanbul 90-85 on Friday night at Barclaycard Center and take a 2-0 lead in the teams’ best of five playoffs series. Madrid can record its third straight trip to the Turkkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four with a win in Game 3 – or, if necessary, Game 4 – in Istanbul next week. Sergio Llull starred for Madrid with 18 points and a career-high 12 assists, while reigning Euroleague MVP scored all of his 11 points in the final three minutes. Madrid overcame a historic performance from Efes playmaker Thomas Heurtel, who amassed 16 points and set a Euroleague playoffs record with 15 assists. The previous mark was 13, which was set by Theo Papaloukas for Olympiacos against Real Madrid in 2009. The game was a highly entertaining contest that featured numerous runs. Madrid took control early with a 9-0 charge. Efes responded with 14 unanswered points and led 37-45 at halftime. The visitors pushed the difference to 17 in the third quarter, but Madrid rallied to finish the quarter down 3. After Madrid took the lead, Heurtel had 3 assists in a 0-7 push that put Efes up 7. It was 75-82 with a little more than two minutes to go, but Madrid scored the next 11 points to take control and Rodriguez iced the game from the line. Rudy Fernandez added 15 points and 7 assists for the winners, K.C. Rivers scored and Andres Nocioni added 10. Nenad Krstic led the Efes attack with 23 points, Cedi Osman scored 12, Dario Saric added 11 points and 9 rebounds and Stratos Perperoglou also scored 11.

First quarter: Rudy scores 11 as Madrid takes charge

Milko Bjelica opened the scoring for the guests. Rudy grabbed a loose ball under the basket and turned it into a three-point play to get the hosts going. Gustavo Ayon floated a pass to Rivers for a layup and Rudy finished a fast break with a layup. The run reached 9 straight points as Llull assisted Rivers for a layup. Heurtel fed Stephane Lasme as Efes made it 9-4. Rudy tacked on 2 more free throws and drew Lasme’s second foul, which sent the 2013 Euroleague Best Defender to the bench. However Efes forced a 24-second violation and Saric put back his own miss to make it 11-6 midway through the quarter. Saric and Heurtel drew the visitors within 2 with free throws. Llull protected Madrid’s lead with a foul-line jumper and Rudy reached 10 points with a three from the elbow. Rudy split free throws as the difference grew to 8. Heurtel countered with 2 free throws, but Jaycee Carroll bettered him with a three-pointer. Madrid brought the crowd to its feet as Ayon rejected Krstic at one end and Llull finished the break at the other with a tremendous slam that made it 22-11. Efes did not fade away, however, as Krstic netted a mid-range jumper and Osman a triple to make it 22-16.

Second quarter: Efes pours in 29 to take promising lead

Krstic made a pair of free throws and Draper added a fast break layup. Saric scored after collecting an offensive rebound to tie the score at 22-22. Dontaye Draper split free throws to give Efes the lead and Heurtel found Krstic inside for a dunk to cap a 0-14 Efes run. Marcus Slaughter ended Madrid’s drought, but Krstic answered with free throws to make it 24-27 midway through the quarter. Heurtel drilled a pull-up three for Efes’s and Stratos Perperoglou drove past the Madrid defense for a layup. A Krstic jumper put Efes up 25-34. Rudy made free throws, but Heurtel sank another triple to establish a 10-point lead. Llull answered from downtown, but Krstic threw down a monster slam on Rudy and made the resulting free throw to give Efes a 30-40 advantage. After Rivers netted a three, Perperoglou made a jump shot. But Rivers then added a pair of free throws and a layup to draw the hosts within 6. Saric turned another offensive rebound into free throws to make it 37-45 at the break.

Third quarter: After Efes goes up 17, Madrid rallies

Ayon scored the first basket of the second. Osman scored for Efes. Heurtel got a lucky bounce on his floater to reestablish a 10-point cushion. After Llull and Saric traded threes, Krstic pushed the Efes advantage to 42-53 from the line. Andres Nocioni scored a reverse layup, but Osman made a layup at the other end. Efes’s lead continued to grow on a Krstic jumper. Llull split free throws before an Osman triple made it a 15-point game. Barclaycard Center was silent as Osman drove the baseline for a 45-62 advantage. Llull found Nocioni for a layup and the forward added free throws on the next possession. Felipe Reyes scored his first point for Madrid from the line. Nocioni scored again and Llull split free throws. Madrid’s press frustrated the visitors. Reyes got back to the line and made 2 free throws. Efes used a timeout, but Madrid took its run to 12-0 with a Llull layup. Krstic split free throws, but Carroll drilled a three at the other end. Perperoglou responded from downtown, but Llull topped them all by banking in a three at the buzzer to make it 63-66.

Fourth quarter: Madrid uses late 11-0 run, Rodriguez free throws to survive

Heurtel split free throws before Llull spotted Ayon for a slam. Rivers drilled a three that gave Madrid its first lead of the half, 68-67. Ayon was called for a technical for flopping and Perperoglou tied the game with the resulting free throw. Heurtel recorded his 13th assist as Krstic powered his way to a layup. The same duo got together for another layup and a then Heurtel fed Perperoglou for a triple and a 68-75 lead. After a timeout, Nocioni dunked on Saric. However Heurtel drilled a three. Ayon and Llull combined for 3 free throws. Krstic scored twice from the line to make it 73-80. Rudy and Sergio Rodriguez each split free throws for Madrid. Draper scored a short jumper and Ayon countered with a floater. Rudy hit a big three with 90 seconds to go that made it a 2-point game. Llull then found Reyes wide-open for a go-ahead three that made it 83-82 with 43 seconds remaining. A critical Perperoglou turnover led to an intentional foul called on Draper. Rodriguez made 2 free throws with 21.1 seconds to go and 1 more less than 2 seconds later. Matt Janning scored his first points of the night with a three to make it 86-85 with 13.9 seconds remaining. Rodriguez made 2 free throws and Madrid sent Janning to the line with 8.7 seconds to go. He missed both and Rodriguez iced the game with 2 free throws with 7.6 seconds remaining.

Rudy Fernandez3 - Real Madrid - EB14
Friday, April 17, 2015
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO)
Attendance: 11689
By Quarter1234
Real Madrid22152627
Anadolu Efes Istanbul16292119
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Real Madrid22376390
Anadolu Efes Istanbul16456685
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RIVERS, K.C. 12:41 14 3/4 2/3 2/2   1 1   1 1       2 15
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 33:35 15 2/2 1/5 8/11 1 1 2 7   1     3 8 21
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES 16:32 10 4/4 0/2 2/2   2 2 1   2     2 2 9
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 7:09     0/1     2 2 1   1     1 3 3
9 REYES, FELIPE 16:51 6 0/1 1/1 3/4 1   1           4 2 3
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 18:11 11 0/1 1/3 8/10   1 1   1 3     3 6 8
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 29:17 8 3/4   2/2 1 3 4 2 1   1   3 2 14
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 15:19 6 0/2 2/3 0/1         1 2     3   -2
23 LLULL, SERGIO 33:15 18 3/5 3/8 3/6   3 3 12 2 1     2 4 26
30 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 5:14   0/1       2 2           2   -1
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 11:56 2 1/2     1 2 3 1 1       2 1 5
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 90 16/26 10/26 28/38 5 21 26 24 7 11 1 0 25 30 106
        61.5% 38.5% 73.7%
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
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 0:43                         1   -1
6 OSMAN, CEDI 23:19 12 3/5 2/5     4 4 1 1       2 2 13
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 24:27 11 2/3 2/10 1/1 2 1 3 3   1     4   3
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 1:39                         2   -2
9 SARIC, DARIO 29:09 11 2/4 1/5 4/4 7 2 9   1 2     3 2 12
10 DRAPER, DONTAYE 23:51 5 2/2 0/2 1/2 2 1 3 1   4     5 1 -2
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 32:07 23 7/10   9/11 2 4 6 2   1   1 3 8 29
13 LASME, STEPHANE 8:02 2 1/2     1   1     1     2   -1
23 JANNING, MATT 18:14 3   1/4 0/2   1 1 1 2       4 2  
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 35:33 16 1/4 3/5 5/8   6 6 15 2 5     4 9 31
32 KILICLI, DENIZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 BJELICA, MILKO 2:56 2 1/2               1     1   -1
Team           2 5 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 85 19/32 9/31 20/28 16 24 40 23 6 16 0 1 31 24 87
        59.4% 29% 71.4%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"It was a great game for our fans. Spectacular. We started well, everything was under control, but in the second quarter we lost control. We could not dominate the offensive rebounding . We overcame a 17-point deficit with heart, pride, the crowd helping us, tactical changes...Everything to sum up. We are Real Madrid. We showed who we are tonight. We have just one victory to go. "
IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We played one of our best games this season. It was not enough in spite of Heurtels big game. For us, our goal is try to tie the series at 2-2 and bring it back to Madrid."

Players

REYES, FELIPE
Real Madrid
"We suffered a lot. It was a very tough game. They knew how to read our game. We believed in the victory with power and confidence. We are happy...We won this game together and now we know that 2-0 is very good news."
CARROLL, JAYCEE
Real Madrid
"We won this game because of our courage, intensity and faith. We did not give up. Our goal is met and we will travel to Turkey leading the series 2-0."
NOCIONI, ANDRES
Real Madrid
"That was a crazy game. We lost control. We were really nervous and almost lost control of the game. We made a nice run in the third quarter to come back in the game. The fourth quarter, we tried to play hard and better D. And I think we played really, really hard in the last five minutes to win."
HEURTEL, THOMAS
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I am disappointed. It was a good game. We played a good game on a good night but ...We showed that we can beat one of the best teams in Europe. But in the last quarter we were scared and we made many turnovers. In Turkey is our last chance. With our people, it will be different. "