Bostjan Nachbar - FC Barcelona
Bostjan Nachbar - FC Barcelona
Rudy Fernandez - Real Madrid
Rudy Fernandez - Real Madrid
Tyrese Rice - Maccabi Electra - EB13
Tyrese Rice - Maccabi Electra
Playoffs, Game 1: thrillers and blowouts!

It was a tale of two Game 1s as two home teams opened the playoffs with blowouts on Tuesday, while another survived in OT early Wednesday and the last one wasn't so lucky. The bottom line says that only wins and losses count, not score differences, so right now FC Barcelona and Real Madrid's big home wins are no more valuable than CSKA's in overtime. On the other hand, Maccabi's victory will certainly be remembered as on of the best comebacks in playoffs history - not to mention the only one that stole homecourt advantage. All four teams are 1-0 in their series, usually a good harbinger for making it to the Final Four.

PLAYOFF A: In a great start to its first Euroleague playoff game this century, underdog Galatasaray Liv Hospital led FC Barcelona 5-14 without a miss as Carlos Arroyo and Furkan Aldemir starred early. But when Arroyo left the game injured, Jacob Pullen sparked Barcelona's comeback from long range. Joey Dorsey provided the defense while Bostjan Nachbar fired in 15 of his 19 points after halftime as Barcelona registered a strong 88-61 victory to protect its home court. Game 2 is Thursday, also in Barcelona.

PLAYOFF B: In the first rematch of their championship game last spring, Real Madrid led by almost the same difference, 27-12 after 10 minutes. And Olympiacos again rallied to tie before halftime. The difference this time was that Madrid controlled the second half as Rudy Fernandez caught fire for 20 points while Nikola Mirotic had 15 and 5 steals on the way to an 88-71 win. Game 2 is on Thursday, also in Madrid.

PLAYOFF C: After the first overtime of the 2013-14 playoffs, CSKA Moscow hung on for a 77-74 home victory against never-say-die Panathinaikos Athens in Game 1 of their series. Panathinaikos trailed from from 6-6 in the first quarter until Stephane Lasme and Dimitris Diamantidis shared all the points in 2-8 run that saw the Greens lead 62-67 with under 3 minutes left. Sonny Weems scored 10 of his 21 points after that, Kyle Hines hit the overtime-forcing free throws among his 15 points and Victor Khryapa had a double-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds for the winners. Game 2 is Friday, also in Moscow.

PLAYOFF D: Trailing by 12 points with less than 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv completed one of the great playoffs comebacks in Euroleague history with a 99-101 victory in overtime against host EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Wednesday. Tyrese Rice and Ricky Hickman shared 13 points in a row for Maccabi to force overtime, then shared 12 of 14 in overtime to take the win, stunning a soldout crowd in Milan, where Game 2 comes on Friday.

Follow all the action as it happens live on Live Basketball TV, the Euroleague's official twitter account - @Euroleague - and right here on Euroleague.net!
PLAYOFF Game 1: April 15-16, 2014
PLAYOFF A
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FC Barcelona vs. Galatasaray Liv Hospital
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PLAYOFF B
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Real Madrid vs. Olympiacos Piraeus
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PLAYOFF C
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CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens
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PLAYOFF D
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EA7 Emporio Armani vs. Maccabi Electra
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Next Game: PLAYOFF Game 2: April 17-18, 2014
PLAYOFF A
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FC Barcelona vs. Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Thu, 21:00
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PLAYOFF B
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Real Madrid vs. Olympiacos Piraeus
Thu, 19:00
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PLAYOFF C
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CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens
Fri, 18:15
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PLAYOFF D
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EA7 Emporio Armani vs. Maccabi Electra
Fri, 20:45
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LEADERS PLAYOFFS, GAME 1
RANKING
Hickman, R. 36.0
Fernandez, R. 34.0
Khryapa, V. 28.0
Weems, S. 25.0
Mirotic, N. 24.0
POINTS
Hickman, R. 26.0
Weems, S. 21.0
Fernandez, R. 20.0
Nachbar, B. 19.0
Langford, K. 18.0
TOTAL REBOUNDS
Dorsey, J. 11.0
Khryapa, V. 11.0
Hines, K. 8.0
Aldemir, F. 7.0
Simmons, C. 7.0
ASSISTS
Diamantidis, D. 7.0
Hackett, D. 6.0
Tomic, A. 6.0
Langford, K. 5.0
Jerrells, C. 5.0
STANDINGS TOP 16
GROUP E
*FC Barcelona
12-2, +100
*EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
10-4, +82
*Olympiacos Piraeus
8-6, +62
*Panathinaikos Athens
7-7, +3
Unicaja Malaga
6-8, -31
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
6-8, -23
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
5-9, -64
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2-12, -129
GROUP F
*CSKA Moscow
12-2, +132
*Real Madrid
11-3, +143
*Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
8-6, +25
*Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
7-7, +7
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
7-7, -17
FC Bayern Munich
5-9, -62
Partizan NIS Belgrade
4-10, -116
Zalgiris Kaunas
2-12, -112
* Qualified for playoffs