2014-15Top 16Round 13
April 02, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Barcelona beats Madrid 85-80 in a classic

The most classic of sports rivalries more than lived up to tradition with 11 ties spread over 38 minutes before FC Barcelona held on for an 85-80 victory over visiting Real Madrid on Thursday in the Game of the Week. Barcelona's seventh consecutive win meant that both teams now have 10-3 records at the summit of Top 16 Group E, but Madrid remains in first place for having beaten won their first meeting by 24 points. Madrid can clinch first place in the next and last Top 16 game by winning at home against Zalgiris, but if not, Barcelona would move ahead with a road win against Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul. It was a heavyweight championship fight all night as Rudy Fernandez outscored Barcelona 8-2 in the last 2 minutes of the first quarter to put Madrid in charge 17-25. Barcelona's bench led a second-quarter rally to regain the lead on three-pointers by Mario Hezonja before the first half ended 41-41. Hezonja got shooting help from Brad Oleson, but Sergio Rodriguez led Madrid's rally to tie 78-78 with 1:50 to play. That's when Barcelona legend Juan Carlos Navarro stepped up with go-ahead free throws and consecutive assists to ice the victory for the hosts. Barcelona's bench made the difference, outscoring Madrid's 53 to 30. Hezonja led that effort 15 points on 5-for-6 three-point shooting while Oleson had all of his 12 points on three-pointers, too. Big men Maciej Lampe matched Olson with 12 points and Tibor Pleiss added 9 for Barcelona. Fernandez topped all scorers with 20 points for Madrid while Rodriguez added 17 more and Gustavo Ayon 10.

FIRST QUARTER: Rudy rolls up lead for Madrid

DeShaun Thomas hit a second-chance triple on Barcelona's first possession to open the scoring. Bostjan Nachbar scooped in a layup to raise the difference to 5-2. Fernandez single-handedly tied it with a nifty layup and a triple from the corner. Tomas Satoransky's one-hander was matched by a back-door layup from Felipe Reyes, just as a dunk by Ante Tomic was answered by Jaycee Carroll's baseline jumper at 9-9. Navarro joined Barcelona's scoring column with his patented la bomba runner, but after a timeout, Reyes downed the game's first free throws. Thomas put back an offensive rebound before Reyes fed Ayon for a layup and another tie, 13-13. No sooner did Ayon give Madrid its first lead with another inside shot than Nachbar tied it from the baseline. Fernandez answered with his next 2 three-pointers sandwiched around a dunk from Pleiss to make it 17-21. Llull drove next, feeding Ayon for a dunk that prompted a Barcelona timeout. Still, Madrid owned the end of the quarter as Llull fed Ayon for a dunk and Fernandez shot a runner off the backboard and in to make it 17-25 after 10 minutes.

SECOND QUARTER: Hezonja leads Barcelona comeback

Lampe appeared in the corner for a triple and Alex Abrines finished a fastbreak as Barcelona reacted smartly to open the second quarter. Rodriguez stepped back for a jumper before Ayon beat the shot clock with a layup to make it 21-28. Lampe made a nice reverse next and Barcelona kept chasing as Abrines dropped a long jumper, but Rodriguez's was longer and worth a 26-34 lead. Lampe hooked in an offensive rebound and Oleson drilled Barcelona's second three-pointer to trim the difference to 31-34 and wake up the crowd. Tomic downed 1 of 2 free throws, but Fernandez returned with a slick assist to Marcus Slaughter for a dunk. Navarro answered with a long jumper at 34-36. And after a couple missed opportunities by Madrid, Hezonja made them pay with a go-ahead three-pointer from the corner. Reyes took the lead back with a second-chance basket, but Hezonja went back to the arc to make it 40-38. Andres Nocioni did the same for Madrid as the lead swung again before Pleiss finished the half with a free throw for a 41-41 tie.

THIRD QUARTER: Hezonja stays hot from downtown

Fernandez drilled a jumper and Tomic banked a shot to continue the tie after halftime. Ayon's layup was matched by a long two-pointer from Nachbar. Satoransky gave Barcelona the lead from downtown and Hezonja seconded it with his third three-pointer, forcing a Madrid timeout as Barcelona boasted its biggest lead of the game yet, 51-45. Llull took charge for the visitors, beating the shot-clock with a jumper, driving for a laup and drilling a stop-and-pop shot to draw the visitors within 52-51. But Hezonja was feeling it and blasted his fourth triple in five tries. Lampe eluded a block to make a layup and then took a second pass from Tomic for a dunk at 59-51. Carroll got 2 points back for Madrid, then after Hezonja drilled his fifth triple, Fernandez matched him and Slaughter dunked off a steal to lower the difference to 62-58. Lampe hit another long jumper, but time was left for Rodriguez to answer with a three-pointer, leaving a 64-62 scoreboard after 30 minutes.

FOURTH QUARTER: Navarro makes difference late

Two offensive rebounds by Tomic led to Oleson striking from the arc to open the fourth quarter. Oleson wasn't done, though, as his next triple extended the Barcelona lead to 70-62. Rodriguez again answered for Madrid with a driving layup then made free throw on a technical foul against Marcelinho Huertas. Llull went to the basket next to make it 70-67. When Llull connected with Rodriguez on the arc, it was suddenly tied again, 70-70. Pleiss took the lead back for Barcelona with a hook shot and bettered it with a pair of free throws, but Nocioni cut it again with a corner triple. Thomas posted up for another Barcelona basket, but Nocioni erased it with free throws at 76-75. Pleiss responded with a tip-in, but Fernandez scored a layup and Jonas Maciulis a free throw for a 78-78 tie with under 2 minutes left. Navarro was perfect at the free throw line to take back the lead, then assisted Tomic inside to make it 82-78. His next pass went outside, where Oleson buried his fourth three-pointer with 35 seconds left to put the game out of reach at 85-78 and keep a hard-fought and well-deserved victory in Barcelona.

Juan Carlos Navarro - FC Barcelona - EB14
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Attendance: 8529
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FC Barcelona17416485
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FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 HEZONJA, MARIO 16:55 15   5/6     2 2       1   2   15
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 12:34   0/1 0/5         2   1   1 2 1 -7
10 ABRINES, ALEX 6:34 5 2/2   1/2           1       2 5
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 22:51 6 2/2 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 5   1     1 1 11
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 27:26 5 1/3 1/3   1 1 2 5   3     2 1 4
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 17:08 9 3/4   3/4 2 4 6 1     1   1 2 16
23 THOMAS, DESHAUN 17:30 7 2/2 1/2   2   2 1         1 1 9
24 OLESON, BRAD 18:48 12   4/6 0/1       3 1 2     1 1 11
25 JACKSON, EDWIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 15:19 12 6/7 0/2   1 5 6 1         3 3 16
34 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 22:03 6 3/5 0/3     3 3 3         4 1 4
44 TOMIC, ANTE 22:52 8 3/6   2/4 3 5 8 4     1   2 4 18
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 85 22/32 11/29 8/13 11 22 33 25 1 8 3 1 19 17 103
        68.8% 37.9% 61.5%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
4 RIVERS, KC 6:51   0/2     1   1               -1
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 33:04 20 4/7 4/9 0/1   3 3 2         1   15
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES 14:16 8 0/1 2/4 2/2   5 5     1     3 1 7
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 14:24 1 0/2   1/2 2   2   1       2 3 2
9 REYES, FELIPE 21:11 8 3/5   2/2 1   1 1         2 3 9
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 17:15 17 2/2 3/5 4/5       2   3     4 2 11
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 20:52 10 5/11     4 1 5 2 1   1 1 1 1 12
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 18:45 4 2/3 0/2   2 3 5 2   1   2   2 7
23 LLULL, SERGIO 29:41 8 4/6 0/3     3 3 8         1 3 16
30 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 7:24     0/1     1 1 1             1
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 16:17 4 2/2     1   1   1       3 2 5
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 80 22/41 9/24 9/12 12 17 29 18 3 5 1 3 17 17 86
        53.7% 37.5% 75%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

FC Barcelona
"Congratulations to my players for the win and their effort. I also want to thank our fans for their great support. Even when we had a cold start, with ups and downs, I think we played a good game in general terms. I am happy with the win and above all, with our place in standings with one game left in the Top 16. I am also happy for getting 19 points more than Madrid in performance index ranking. Hezonja is a special player. Our club bet on him, he works well and has a great future ahad of him. Madrid is one of the best and toughest teams in the Top 16. Only the best teams will be left standing and the playoffs will be great. I don't prefer any opponent, that would be a mistake. We will play against whoever it happens to be. We were very competitive tonight and if we manage to keep playing with this intensity, I will be very happy."
Real Madrid
"In general terms, I don't go back home unhappy. We played well other than some minutes in the third quarter, when Barcelona took a lead that we managed to recover in the last 10 minutes. The game went down to details. We had a three-point shot to take the lead and they scored on their next offense. The fact that we play at home against Zalgiris to finish the Top 16 with a chance to finish first means that we did a good job in this difficult Top 16. Well, both teams did a good job because Barcelona will also have the home-court advantage. I congratulate Barcelona for its win. Hezonja was really motivated against us."


FC Barcelona
"It was a very important victory, and against Madrid, too. We prepared to fight to get back the basket average, but the victory is awesome, too. We are happy. Now we have to prepare ourselves, because the playoffs are the most important games of our season and we play at home. With this public, it will be awesome."
FC Barcelona
"It's always good to win the clásico. I am happy with the way we won the game, with character and overcoming a relatively bad start that gave them an advantage up to eight points. With help from our crowd, I think we can await the playoffs with a lot of optimism."
Real Madrid
"We fought a lot, we played a very serious game, but Barcelona also played well. The small details decided it. Maybe we weren't fully 100-percent concentrated all 40 minutes, but I am very happy for having saved the point difference and held onto first place."
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