2012-13Top 16Round 14
April 04, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES DE LA COMUNIDAD DE MADRID

Real Madrid routs Efes, claims playoff advantage

High-flying Real Madrid beat Anadolu Efes Istanbul 86-66 in the Spanish capital on Thursday to claim second place in Group E and the home-court advantage in its upcoming playoffs duel with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. The result snapped Madrid’s three-game losing skid and boosted its record to 10-4. Meanwhile, Efes lost its third consecutive game and dropped to 9-5, to place third place in the group by the virtue of holding a tiebreaker over 9-5 Panathinaikos Athens. Efes will play reigning champion Olympiacos Piraeus in the playoffs. Madrid started pulling away in the first quarter with three triples from Rudy Fernandez to open up an 11-point lead. Jaycee Carroll scored 9 quick points in the second as the margin reached 20 points. Efes made couple of 0-7 runs in the third quarter to cut the deficit, but Sergio Llull finished the quarter stringing together 8 points to extend the margin to 65-48 and Madrid cruised after that. Lull scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half, and dished out 6 assists in the process, while Fernandez scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter. Carroll netted 14 points, Nikola Mirotic collected 11 points plus 7 rebounds and Marcus Slaughter scored 10 for the hosts. Jordan Farmar finished with 11 points for Efes, Jamon Lucas 10 and Kerem Gonlum had 8 points plus 9 rebounds in defeat.

First quarter: Triples from Fernandez open up early 11-point margin

Jamon Lucas opened the game with a jumper, but Fernandez answered right back with a triple to get the hosts going. Jordan Farmar sank a baseline jumper for Efes, but Mirza Begic scored a close-range basket, then converted a layup-plus foul to put Madrid up 8-4. After a layup from Lucas, Fernandez and Sergio Llull made back-to-back triples for a 14-8 lead. The visitors responded with baskets inside from Lucas and Semih Erden, but at the other end, Nikola Mirotic hustled hard to make a tip-in, then drove the baseline for a monster dunk. That was not all from Madrid in the first quarter, as Fernandez added a three-pointer on a fast break, his third triple in as many attempts, making it 25-14 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Carroll fuels Madrid’s run as lead reaches 20

At the start of the second quarter, Jaycee Carroll strung together 7 points, including a triple, to extend the lead to 32-16. Stanko Barac and Kerem Tunceri scored for Efes in between Carroll’s baskets, and Kerem Gonlum made a put-back. But an alley-oop dunk from Marcus Slaughter off a half-court pass from Sergio Rodriguez, followed up with a fast break layup from Carroll, helped the hosts open up a 41-21 advantage. After Farmar’s driving layup, Slaughter and Rodriguez hooked up for another alley-oop slam. The highlights kept on coming, as Josh Shipp came up with a one-handed monster dunk, and Gonlum finished a rare Efes fast break with a layup. Farmar scored first Efes’s three-pointer in the final minute of the half, but after a timeout there was enough time for Rodriguez to throw an alley-oop pass for a one-handed baseline dunk from Fernandez and 47-30 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Llull takes charge as Los Blancos refuse to let up

Efes scored on the opening three possession of the third quarter. After baskets from Dogus Balbay and Farmar, a triple from Dusko Savanovic cut it to 47-37. However, Llull sparked a run of 8 unanswered points, ending with a dunk from Begic that got the hosts to 55-37. In a fast-paced game, streaks continued as Lucas snapped the hosts’ run with a runner, then Balbay’s layup-plus-foul and a basket from Savanovic made it 55-44. But before quarter’s end, Nikola Mirotic made an easy layup, and Llull strung together 8 more points making it 65-48 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Madrid celebrates key win long before final buzzer

Lull continued his personal run to start the fourth quarter, before Felipe Reyes joined in on the fun and Carroll sank a floater as lead reached 74-52. With the game clearly out of hand, Barac and Shipp scored for the visitors, but an alley-oop dunk from Rodriguez to Slaughter made it 80-56. After Gonlum’s free throws and a layup, in the final minutes Carroll sank a triple, and Mirotic added a three-pointer of his own, before Shipp rounded out the scoring.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR)
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Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 29:05 15 3/4 3/6   1 2 3 3 4 2 1     6 26
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 20:24 2 1/3     1 3 4           3   1
9 REYES, FELIPE 11:52 7 2/4 0/1 3/4   7 7           2 4 12
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 28:22 11 4/9 1/3   3 4 7 1 2 1 1   4 2 12
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 19:48 2 0/2 0/1 2/2       7 1 1     1 1 6
15 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 1:58   0/1     1   1 1             1
16 BEGIC, MIRZA 14:28 9 4/7   1/2 2 2 4     1 1   2 2 9
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 23:45 14 4/5 2/4     2 2           2 1 12
23 LLULL, SERGIO 26:58 16 4/7 2/5 2/2 1 3 4 6   1     1 1 19
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 23:20 10 5/6     1 4 5 1 1 2   1 3 1 11
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 86 27/48 8/20 8/10 10 27 37 19 8 9 3 1 18 18 108
        56.3% 40% 80%
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 13:20 7 3/5   1/1 1 1 2 1   2     2 1 5
5 FARMAR, JORDAN 30:05 11 4/8 1/4   1 2 3 3   4   1 3 2 4
7 VUJACIC, SASHA 12:21   0/1 0/4     2 2 1   1     1 1 -3
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 21:34 5 2/3   1/2   4 4 2 2 1     2 2 10
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 10:00 2 1/2 0/1         2             2
11 SHIPP, JOSHUA 25:06 8 4/8 0/1   2 1 3 1 2 1     1   7
12 GONLUM, KEREM 19:59 8 3/7   2/2 3 6 9 1   1   1 2 3 13
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 23:22 8 2/3 1/2 1/1   4 4 1   1     1 2 11
22 GORDON, JAMON 21:28 10 5/9 0/1   1 2 3   1 1     4 3 7
23 KUQO, ERMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN 7:40 1 0/2   1/2 1   1             2 1
42 BARAC, STANKO 15:05 6 3/5   0/2 1   1   1 1 1 1 2 2 3
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 66 27/53 2/13 6/10 12 23 35 12 6 13 1 3 18 18 63
        50.9% 15.4% 60%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"Two weeks ago I pointed out how important it was to be one of the eight best teams in Europe. The fact that we will have the home court advantahe in the playoffs is an extra reward for us. As for my team, they all played really well and everyone excelled in what they do best. It is very difficult to name one player above everyone else. For instance, Carlos Suarez worked hard on the boards, Marcus Slaughter had a good game on defense and Sergio Rodriguez shared the ball well. The calendar does not allow you to take breaks, playoffs are round the corner. We have seen Maccabi play, they are a deep team that like to open the floor."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Congratulations to Real Madrid for this win. Our opponent did really well at the beginning of game, especially Rudy Fernandez. That made us not being able to return to it. We were not able to stop them early in the game. We tried to rally early in the third quarter but a timeout and a couple of good plays allowed Madrid to break the game for good. They deserved to win tonight."

Players

LLULL, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"We managed to finish the Top 16 as one of the best two teams in our group, which was one of our goals this season - getting the home court advantage in the playoffs. I think we didn't need to wait until the next game to get it, we should have done it some games ago. We have to respond today as a team and did it. We had a good defensive game, working hard on the boards. It is true that the home court advantage give us a little plus, like it did against Valencia two years ago. The most difficult games are ahead of us."
FERNANDEZ, RUDY
Real Madrid
"We had one of out best defensive games this season. If we had to play well one game this season, it had to be this time - and we did it. Efes had a strong start after the break but after a timeout we have managed to do what we know we can do. Maccabi is a regular team at this level. It is very important to have the home court advantage, it is a certain privilege in this series. I want to request the people in Madrid to come to see us in the playoffs. In games like this, it is easier to win with a good atmosphere. It was a special day for me, personally, as it was my birthday!"
SAVANOVIC, DUSKO
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I cannot really explain what happened and why we lost by such a big margin. We are a team that shoots the ball a lot but nothing went right for us tonight. We didn't play good defense and it was a horrible game - there is little to add when you see the final score. We have played many times against Olympiacos. Both teams know each other and there will be few surprises."
VUJACIC, SASHA
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"They played realy well as a team. I can only congratulate Real Madrid for this win. We simply played worse than them and when such a good team like Madrid is plays at that level, you can only admire them. We had a bad start and they played unbelievably well early. As for Olympiacos, our next opponent, we need to be tougher on defense and be ready to play as a team, raising our playing level."
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