2019-20Regular SeasonRound 16
December 26, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 OAKA

Impressive Real surges past Panathinaikos

Real Madrid raced past Panathinaikos OPAP Athens to claim a convincing 75-87 win at OAKA on Thursday night. The visiting side used a strong finish to the first quarter to move ahead before establishing a double-digit lead shortly before halftime. Real was able to protect that margin the rest of the way, with Panathinaikos never getting closer than 8 points. Anthony Randolph led the scoring with 22 points on 5-of-11 three-point shooting, while Walter Tavares added a big double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, including a personal best and joint season-high 8 offensive boards. Fabien Causeur scored 12 points in victory, Jeffery Taylor added 10 and Facundo Campazzo dished 8 assists. Nick Calathes paced Panathinaikos with 19 points and 7 assists, with Jimmer Fredette adding 18 points and 9 rebounds. Georgios Papagiannis added 10 points in defeat. Real retained a share of first place with a 13-3 record and is now on an 11-game winning run, while Panathinaikos dropped to 9-7.

Panathinaikos used fluent offense, including a couple of three-pointers from Fredette, to move into an early advantage, but Real had a pair of baskets from Tavares and a triple from Taylor to stay in touch, 16-11, midway through the first. Long-range strikes from Randolph and Nico Laprovittola sent the visiting team ahead and the hosts didn’t score in the last 4 minutes of the first quarter, which finished 18-22. Causeur completed a 2-13 run with a runner before Wesley Johnson finally ended the home team’s barren run from the corner. Calathes scored off the glass for a 25-25 tie, but three-pointers from Laprovittola and Rudy Fernandez restored Real’s lead. Fredette’s third triple made it closer, but Jordan Mickey from inside and Trey Thompkins from deep kept the visitors ahead. Causeur scored in transition and Thompkins netted another triple, before Calathes scored on the buzzer for a 34-44 halftime score.

Ioannis Papapatrou and Randolph netted three-pointers at the start of the third quarter before inside scores from Campazzo and Tavares extended the lead. Consecutive baskets from Taylor made it 39-58. A three-point play and a transition layup from Calathes boosted Panathinaikos and Fredette scored from deep before Papapetrou finished a fastbreak to make it 58-66 at the end of the third. Randolph struck another triple to restore Real’s double-digit lead and Tyrese Rice’s first basket of the night was too little to bring the hosts back as Causeur and Tavares scored from close range. A big put-back slam from Randolph and a pair of triples from Causeur sealed the outcome as Real cruised home.

Real goes deep

Real struggled to find penetration against Panathinaikos's active defense in the early stages, but the visiting team took advantage of what was offered by turning to long-range shooting instead. Real made 4 of 11 three-point attempts in the first quarter, compared to just 3 of 7 two-point shots and finished the game with 40 three-point attempts – by far its most of the season.

Hosts struggle for bench contributions

Whereas Real had solid contributions from throughout the roster, Panathinaikos struggled to find effectiveness from the bench. The starting five scored 62 of the home team’s 75 points with none of the bench players scoring more than Konstantinos Mitoglou's 7 points. Real’s bench, in contrast, supplied 33 points.

Calathes outshines Campazzo

In a meeting between arguably the two best passers in the EuroLeague, Nick Calathes surpassed Facundo Campazzo in their personal duel. The home team captain scored 19 points and dished 7 assists, while Real’s point man scored just 6 points with 8 assists. Both struggled shooting from deep: Calathes made 1 of 8 three-point attempts and Campazzo 0 of 6.

Next round

Both teams start 2020 on the road. Panathinaikos travels to CSKA Moscow on Friday 3 January, the same night that Real visits LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne.

Anthony Randolph - Real Madrid - EB19
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: BOLTAUZER, MATEJ; LATISEVS, OLEGS; DIFALLAH, MEHDI
Attendance: 12513
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens18162417
Real Madrid22222221
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens18345875
Real Madrid22446687
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 24:16 4 1/3 0/4 2/2 1 3 4     1   1 3 1 -2
5 RICE, TYRESE 11:53 3 0/1 1/3   1   1 2   3       1 1
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 21:45 10 5/6     1 3 4     2 1   4   8
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 30:04 11 3/4 1/4 2/2       2     1   4 1 7
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 6:22           1 1           1    
24 JOHNSON, WESLEY 10:20 3   1/1     2 2     1 1   2   3
25 BROWN, RION DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 FREDETTE, JIMMER 35:16 18 1/3 4/9 4/4 2 7 9 1 1 3   1   4 22
33 CALATHES, NICK 32:27 19 6/12 1/8 4/5   5 5 7   2     3 4 16
35 WILEY, JACOB 2:43   0/1                     1   -2
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 24:54 7 2/4 1/2   4 2 6   2 1     2 1 10
50 BENTIL, BENJAMIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 75 18/34 9/31 12/13 11 25 36 12 3 13 3 2 20 12 67
        52.9% 29% 92.3%
Head coach: PITINO, RICK
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 19:16 12 3/7 2/4   2   2 3     1   2 1 11
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 29:28 22 2/3 5/11 3/4 1 4 5 1 1 1     1 5 24
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 22:03 3 0/2 1/4   2 1 3 3 2       1 2 7
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 25:09 6 2/3 0/6 2/2 2 3 5 8 1 2     3 3 11
8 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS 14:51 7   2/5 1/2   1 1 2 1 2     2 2 5
14 DECK, GABRIEL 19:04 2 1/2 0/2     3 3 1   1     1 1 2
16 GARUBA, USMAN 0:28                              
22 TAVARES, WALTER 31:39 14 5/7   4/5 8 6 14 3 1 2 1   1 5 32
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 7:53 3 1/2 0/1 1/2 1 2 3         1   1 3
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 10:32 8 1/3 2/3     2 2               7
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 19:37 10 2/5 2/4   1 2 3 3   1   2 1   7
50 MEJRI, SALAH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 87 17/34 14/40 11/15 18 27 45 24 6 9 2 3 12 20 113
        50% 35% 73.3%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

PITINO, RICK
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It was a disappointing loss, but give credit to them: they were bigger, faster, and shot the ball a lot better. In just about every phase of the game, they were better. We gave up 58 points from what we call paint touches, which is an incredible number, and we also gave up 18 [second-chance] shots. We were in control of our destiny in the first quarter, but not blocking out led to open three-point shots. This basketball team has to be great at the fundamentals to win, because we’re not a great shooting team except Jimmer Fredette. Unless we’re fundamentally better at rebounding, passing and defense, the other team is going to beat us. That’s something we did last year and we’ve got to start doing that again this year. We’re capable of boxing out, of not leaving our feet to make a pass. The answer is not acquiring other players – the answer is improving. It’s my job to make these players better and I intend on doing that."
LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"We did a lot of good things. We controlled the boards, shut down the open court, contested their shots. And offensively we moved the ball well and got open shooters. I’m happy with the win, knowing how difficult it is to win here. We know how difficult every game is in the EuroLeague. We have ASVEL next week and every game is important. We are getting better step by step and I’m happy with how the team growing as a team. We’ve still got to accomplish some things, but I’m happy with the team right now."

Players

VOUGIOUKAS, IAN
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"Unfortunately for us, they executed better on both sides of the floor. We weren’t able to match their execution and quality of play. We wanted to win, but it was not possible and we look forward to the games coming up in a tough schedule."
TAVARES, WALTER
Real Madrid
"The key was that we were focused from the first half to the last second. We know it is hard to win here, but we stayed focussed, kept high intensity and that was the key. I think we’ve got a lot of room to improve, we’ve got [11] straight wins, but that means nothing. We’ve got to keep working and get ready for the next one."
RANDOLPH, ANTHONY
Real Madrid
"We knew it would be a tough game, we knew they'd make a run, we just had to keep working. I think we're doing good as a team and the most important thing is that we keep working as a team. Our goal is to win titles so we have to keep on improving."
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