Doellman lights up Madrid to give Barcelona victory at the buzzer!
In a Spanish "clasico" that lived up to its name - and then some - Justin Doellman's fadeway swish on the final buzzer lifted FC Barcelona to a thrilling 86-87 road win over archrival Real Madrid in the Game of the Week on Thursday. Both teams are now 2-2 in Top 16 Group F, which will be good for a second- or third-place tie at the end of Round 4. Doellman's was the third buzzer-beater in a remarkable game of swings. Real Madrid used an 18-0 first-quarter fueled by Sergio Rodriguez to take control of the scoreboard and lead by as many as 16 points, 48-32, shortly before halftime. After Juan Carlos Navarro left the game with an injury, Stratos Perperoglou willed Barcelona back with 13 third-quarter points that set up Doellman's go ahead triple to open the fourth. The lead went back and forth until Madrid was up by 85-80 going into the final minute. But the hosts then left Doellman alone to make his sixth three-pointer in as many attempts. Pau Ribas tied it 85-85 with 2 perfect free throws before Felipe Reyes made just 1 of 2 with 8.8 seconds left and Barcelona got the ball to Doellman to win it in dramatic fashion. Doellman finished with a career high 24 points on 6-for-7 three-point shooting. Perperoglou followed him with 13 points and Navarro 12, while Shane Lawal had 10 off the bench. Sergio Rodriguez led Madrid with 18 points and 13 assists, the latter tying his Euroleague career high. Jaycee Carroll and Felipe Reyes added 14 points each, Sergio Llull returned from injury with 13 and Gustavo Ayon had 12.
FIRST QUARTER: Llull caps Madrid blast!
In the game's first minute, Doellman banged in a pair of three-pointers, one from the wing and another from the corner, while Madrid committed as many turnovers. Navarro waltzed to the basket for a layup before Reyes opened Madrid's account after 2 minutes and 30 seconds, but Doellman answered with a two-point jumper at 2-10. Ayon hit a longer jumper before Madrid's crowd got excited for the first time with a transition triple by Rodriguez. Carroll got in the act with a runner and then pulled the triggered on a three-pointer running off a screen to give Madrid its first advantage, 12-10. Ayon's steal put Jonas Maciulis at the free throw line for 2 more points. Rodriguez found Ayon with a long pass for a reverse and then scored himself to make it 18-10. After a Barcelona timeout, Rodriguez kept it going with a fastbreak layup before Lawal's 2 of 2 free throws snapped Madrid's 18-0 run. Ayon answered with a jump hook, but Brad Oleson ended Barcelona's long five-minute stretch without a field goal by burying a corner triple. His next time down the floor, Oleson fed Samardo Samuels for a soaring super-slam, forcing a Madrid timeout at 22-17. Ayon finished a broken play with a fastbreak layup before the quarter could finish with Llull, on his first Top 16 shot after an injury, beating the buzzer with one of his patented triples for a 29-17 scoreboard after 10 minutes.
SECOND QUARTER: Rodriguez keeps Madrid rolling
K.C Rivers joined Madrid's scoring with a jumper to open the second quarter. Lawal ripped and put back an offensive rebound before Andres Nocioni chased down a blocked shot and fired it in from the corner to make it 32-19. Barcelona left Llull open to add a three-pointer to the lead before Alex Abrines answered for Barcelona with an inside basket and then Tomas Satoransky fed Samuels for another easy slam. When Navarro dropped a lane jumper, Barcelona was within 35-25, but then Rodriguez re-appeared from the arc with a strike for Madrid. Abrines went 2 for 2 at the foul line before Rodriguez took over. First he went behind his back to split the defense and feed Reyes for a basket. Then he sent Satoransky's sprawling and drilled a shot from downtown that Navarro copied at the other end. Then Rodriguez sent another assist through three Barcelona defenders to Reyes. By that time Madrid was up 45-32. After a Madrid timeout, Ayon fed Llull in the corner for a triple and the game's biggest lead, 48-32. Navarro got 2 points back in free throws, and after Llull missed twice from the arc, the visitors found their own buzzer-beater, Doellman, for a quarter-ending triple and a 48-37 halftime score.
THIRD QUARTER: Perperoglou brings back Barca
Madrid used its Rodriguez-to-Reyes connection to open the second-half scoring. Navarro fired in a super-long triple for Barcelona, which soon got another from the corner by Perperoglou. But in between, Ayon tipped in a long alley-oop pass from Rodriguez and finished a closer one from Reyes. When Reyes got to the foul line himself, he restored a double-digit lead at 55-45. Worse news for Barcelona was Satoransky's triple ruled too late for the shot clock as Navarro went back and forth to the locker room after being treated for knee problems. Even when Lawal made a huge block, the ball ended in the hands of Maciulis, who buried a three-pointer at 58-45. Perperoglou re-started Barcelona with a jumper, but Nocioni saved a possession with another triple, Madrid's 10th. Satoransky was left open to hit Barcelona's eighth, however, and Ribas drove through Madrid's defense for a layup to cut the difference to 61-52. Satoransky kept it going with a lefty layup high off the glass, then Perperoglou buried a triple in transition to make it 61-57. After a timeout, another Madrid turnover led to another Perperoglou open jumper, this a two-pointer at 63-59. Llull answered in the lane, but Perperoglou couldn't be stopped as he struck again from the corner and got the visitors within 63-62 after three quarters.
FOURTH QUARTER: Doellman does it all!
Perperoglou's save set up Doellman for a triple that was worth Barcelona's first lead since the opening quarter, 63-65. After Ante Tomic and Willy Hernangomez exchanged baskets inside, Llull and Doellman did the same. Samuels returned for a loose-ball dunk but Carroll answered with a stop-and-pop jumper to keep Madrid close at 69-71. Satoransky broke down the middle of Madrid's defense for a layup, but Carroll answered in kind at the other end. And when Samuels fed Lawal for a layup, Carroll went the other way and buried a corner triple to make it 74-75 with just over 5 minutes left. Out of a timeout, Carroll went to the baseline and drilled a runner over two defenders, giving Madrid the lead back, but Lawal's put-back at the other end flipped it. So did a driving layup by Rodriguez, and then a three-pointer by Doellman - his fifth - at 78-80. Ayon hustled for an offensive rebound at the other end and shoveled pass to Rodriguez for a go-ahead triple. Then Rodriguez fed Reyes for a layup to make it 83-80 and force a Barcelona timeout with 1:40 to play. Next, Rodriguez fed Ayon behind the back for an 85-80 lead, but Madrid's defense left Doellman alone for his sixth three-pointer. After a miss by Carroll, Madrid chose to foul and Ribas made both his free throws for an 85-85 tie with 9.3 seconds left. After another timeout, Barcelona immediately fouled Reyes, who made just the second of his pair at the foul line, leaving 8.8 seconds for Barcelona to operate with. Ribas crossed halfcourt, drove the lane and passed out to Doellman, who ignored the three-pointer, moved to the elbow and faded away to hit his second buzzer-beater, and the game-winner, for a jubilant FC Barcelona Lassa!
Thursday, January 21, 2016