Barça wins the Clásico at the Wizink and makes Real Madrid less of a leader

With Sertac Sanli as the most outstanding player and leading, most of the time, team formats with ‘little ones’, Barça won the classic 75-85 against a Real Madrid team that never felt comfortable on the court. Real Madrid continues to be the leader, but the azulgrana team closes the gap and depends on itself in order to finish in first position in the regular phase. The classics are always special and this could not be less with a top start by both teams, more in defense than in attack.

Nicolás Laprovittola Y Kyle Kuric were the most active in the first few minutes by Barça, while Walter Tavares, on his return after recovering from covid-19, he was the same as always, a nightmare for the rival. The great defense of the Catalan team allowed them to lead the score, 7-12 (min. 5), but Real Madrid little by little went up the lines and with Niggel Williams-Goss at the controls and the defense of Jeff Taylor turned the situation around to close the first quarter with a 24-18 score.

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In the second act, the Barça of Conversation Jasikevicius, who seems to have stepped on a callus with each opponent’s basket, leaned on Kuric, three triples without fail, in Brandon Davies and in Cory HigginsIn addition, of course, Nikola Mirotic, which was very well guarded, to dominate again after a quarter with continuous matches in the light and which ended with 40-42.

Real Madrid had problems facing the rival hoop and did not find a reliable and continuous point source. Neither Guerschon Yabusele, ni Alberto Abalde, ni Sergio Llull they were able to give the usual benefits. In reality, none were up to their offensive height beyond concrete and punctual actions. Paul Laso, coach of Real Madrid, left out Trey Thompkins, for passport reasons, and decided on Williams-Goss and Gaby Deck like the two foreigners on his team in the classic.

After passing through changing rooms, Real Madrid continued with the same offensive opacity harvesting a 0-7 in the first 2.30 minutes (40-49). Four points from Tavares and a triple from Llull put Madrid in the match, 47-51 (m.24), while Sertaç Sanli, from mid and long distance, again made the difference, 50-59 (m.27). ). Real Madrid became obsessed with their lack of success in simple baskets and went into a pessimistic loop, while Barça continued hard behind and breaking with Sanli, due to Mirotic’s lower point production. With 54-63 the third act ended.

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With a ‘small’ player format, Barça managed to get Real Madrid out of the match. Laso’s men did not feel comfortable on the court at any time, beyond the differences in the scoreboard. Yes indeed, Real Madrid appealed to the epic, raised from the stands shortly after cutting differences, 63-68 (m.34), and more after a mate from Vincent Poirier, assisted by Abalde, 65-68 (m.35).

The stands roared again and the classic came to life with 5 minutes to go, when Rudy Fernández scored one of the two free kicks he had, 66-68. Madrid pressed on defense, with Deck, the anti-Mirotic, on the Hispano-Montenegrin, and the tension returned, the equality, the uncertainty, the chess moves of Laso and Jasikevicius and the whole battery of aspects that these matches are supposed to have, including disputed and contentious arbitration decisions. Barça won the match, 75-85, in a final in which Real Madrid ended up unhinged by the score and the techniques they received.

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