CSKA downs Real in Madrid
In a battle between the two winningest teams in continental basketball history, CSKA Moscow returned to its winning ways by downing Real Madrid 89-96 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. CSKA avoided a third consecutive loss and improved to 19-10 in the standings. Meanwhile, Real dropped to 17-13 and is 2-5 in its last seven games. Will Clyburn led the winners with 23 points, Mike James added 22, Johannes Voigtmann scored 18 and Toko Shengelia 14 for CSKA. Trey Thompkins paced Real with 20 points, Jaycee Carroll added 17, Fabien Causeur 14 and Gabriel Deck and Edy Tavares each scored 12 for the hosts. Tavares added 13 rebounds for a double-double. CSKA led 21-23 after 10 minutes, extended its margin to 41-55 at halftime and to 43-63 soon after the break. Real managed to get within 85-90, but Daniel Hackett and Voigtmann took care of business in crunch time.
Shengelia and James hit a three-pointer apiece in a 0-8 opening run. Tavares stepped up with a tip-in, then Thompkins and Causeur each struck from downtown, but James and Shengelia kept CSKA ahead, 8-13. Causeur and Tavares scored around the basket and Deck added a triple, but Shengelia and James each downed one from beyond the arc for a 15-19 CSKA lead. Tavares dunked twice, however, Iffe Lundberg and Janis Strelnieks kept the guests ahead, 21-23, after 10 minutes. Strelnieks banked in a floater early in the second quarter and Joel Bolomboy added a jumper, but Thompkins kept Real within 26-27. Bolomboy kept pacing CSKA and Clyburn followed a triple with a layup-plus-foul for a 30-35 lead. James buried a step-back triple, but Deck and Usman Garuba kept Real close at 33-38. Clyburn struck twice from downtown and James added his fourth three-pointer to make it a double-digit game, 35-47. Voigtmann dunked and got help from Clyburn and James to boost CSKA's lead to 41-55 at halftime.
Shengelia and Voigtmann each buried a three-pointer soon after the break and Nikita Kurbanov added a layup for a 43-63 CSKA lead. Thompkins stepped up with back-to-back triples, but James and Voigtmann kept CSKA comfortably ahead, 49-67. Tavares, Deck and Carlos Alocen tried to change things for Real, bringing their team within 55-69. Carroll followed a wild four-point play with a bomb from downtown, then Causeur followed a triple with a floater to give Los Blancos hope, 67-74, after 30 minutes. Carroll and Clyburn traded baskets early in the fourth quarter, but Voigtmann followed a dunk with a three-pointer for a 70-81 CSKA lead. Thompkins scored in the paint and Alberto Abalde added a three-pointer to bring Real close, 75-83. Voigtmann stayed on fire, Daniel Hackett found his first points and James gave CSKA a 77-90 lead with under 4 minutes left. Deck and Carroll fueled an 8-0 run that gave the hosts hope, 85-90, with less than 3 minutes left. Hackett hit free throws and Voigtmann sealed the outcome, 87-96, with a corner triple.
In just his third start of the season, Johannes Voigtmann became CSKA's X-factor in this game. He hit 4 of 7 triples on his way to 18 points plus 9 rebounds, an assist and a block for a PIR of 24.
It was a close game until Will Clyburn decided he had enough. Clyburn was scoreless when a driving layup by Nico Laprovittola brought Madrid within 28-29 in the second quarter. Clyburn had 16 points before halftime, hitting three times from downtown and getting plenty of help from Mike James to boost CSKA's lead to 41-55 at the break.
CSKA made 16 of 34 three-point shots (47.1%). Those 16 three-point shots made are close to CSKA's club record, 18, against Anadolu Efes Istanbul (twice) in 2008 and 2018. CSKA committed just 6 turnovers, tying a season-low: it also had 6 against TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in Round 18.
Did you know?
It was CSKA's sixth win in its last seven games against Real. The previous five in that streak were by 5 points or less. CSKA now has a 21-8 record against Los Blancos since the turn of the millennium.
Both teams return to EuroLeague action next week on Thursday, March 25. CSKA hosts Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. And Real visits LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne.
Thursday, March 18, 2021