2019-20Regular SeasonRound 18
January 09, 2020 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 WIZINK CENTER

Thompkins, Fernandez help Real hold off Zalgiris

Real Madrid made it a club record 13 consecutive victories in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague by holding off Zalgiris Kaunas, 88-82, at the WiZink Center on Thursday night. Rudy Fernandez scored 17 points in the second quarter to give his team a half-time lead, and the home team maintained its advantage after the break despite strong resistance from Zalgiris. Trey Thompkins paced the winners with 20 points on 4-of-5 three-pointers, while playmaker Facundo Campazzo combined 12 points and 8 assists while Fernandez finished with 17 points, all in the second quarter. Big men Jordan Mickey (13) and Walter Tavares (10) also scored in double figures for Real. Lukas Lekavicius netted 21 for Zalgiris, all but 3 of those coming in the first half. Thomas Walkup added 19 points, KC Rivers scored 12 against his former club and Jock Landale added 11. Real remains top of the standings at 15-3, and Zalgiris drops to 5-13.

Edgaras Ulanovas gave Zalgiris an early edge from deep, but a dunk and a three-pointer from Mickey kept Real close. Campazzo and Walkup traded triples before Thompkins gave Real its first lead, 12-11, and Zalgiris was never in front again. Thompkins and Nigel Hayes joined the long-range shooting party before a three-point play from Mickey made it 18-16. Lekavicius penetrated to tie the game, but Tavares made it 20-18 at the end of the first. Tavares netted twice at the start of the second for a 24-18 lead, before Lekavicius and Fernandez both scored twice. Jeffery Taylor and Landale dunked before Fernandez stroked his third and fourth triples for a double-digit lead, 38-27. The red-hot Fernandez continued his sparkling second quarter with a steal and slam, but Lekavicius also stayed hot with 5 quick points, pulling it back to 42-35. Fernandez made his fifth triple of the quarter, answered by Lekavicius again, and it was 47-41 at the break. Campazzo and Tavares were both on target twice early in the second half, but triples from Arturas Milaknis, Rivers and Walkup kept Zalgiris within single digits. Thompkins and Fabien Causeur were also on target from deep, but so was Walkup again and the third quarter finished 68-59. Mickey scored twice from close-range early in the fourth to protect Real’s lead, but Rivers and Paulius Jankunas netted three-pointers to keep Zalgiris alive, 73-67. Thompkins made a triple and free throws for an 80-69 lead, and another Thompkins deep shot effectively sealed the deal as Zalgiris went 4 minutes without scoring. Hayes and Lekavicius ended the drought with three-pointers, but it was too late as Real closed out the game.

Shooting accuracy boosts Real

Real posted impressive shooting percentages, making 18-of-27 two-point attempts (66.7%), 13-of-26 from long-range (50%) and 13-of-14 from the free throw line – the only missed foul shot coming from Fabien Causeur inside the last minute.

Jankunas falls short of rebounding mark

Paulius Jankunas was unable to surpass Real Madrid’s Felipe Reyes as the league’s all-time leading rebounder. The Zalgiris big man came into the game four boards behind Reyes – who was in the Real roster but did not play – in the all-time charts, but he played just 11:14 and grabbed only 2 boards to stay two short of the 1,782 magic mark.

Landale donating to bushfire fund

The game featured 26 three-pointers (13 from each team) and 7 dunks, meaning that Zalgiris center Jock Landale will donate 3,300 Australian dollars – 100 for each – to the fundraising efforts to battle the bushfires that have ravaged his native Australia.

Next round

Next week’s double round will see Real start off with a mouth-watering trip to CSKA Moscow in a rematch of last season’s semi-final on Tuesday, while Zalgiris stays on the road to visit Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade on Wednesday.

Rudy Fernandez - Real Madrid - EB19
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR; ROSSI, MICHELE; HALLIKO, AARE
Attendance: 9096
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Real Madrid20272120
Zalgiris Kaunas18231823
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Real Madrid20476888
Zalgiris Kaunas18415982
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 24:43 8 2/3 1/2 1/2   2 2     1   1 1 2 6
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 25:55 17 1/1 5/8     1 1 2 3 1     1   18
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 23:47 12 1/2 2/4 4/4   2 2 8   3     3 5 18
8 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS 16:13 2 0/1 0/2 2/2 1 3 4 4   2   1 2 2 4
9 REYES, FELIPE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 GARUBA, USMAN 3:25     0/1   1 1 2               1
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 2:08                              
22 TAVARES, WALTER 24:00 10 5/6     1 3 4 1   1 2   1 1 15
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 23:10 13 4/5 1/2 2/2   3 3 2   3 1 1 2 3 14
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 30:58 20 3/6 4/5 2/2   5 5 1   4 1     2 21
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 20:44 6 2/2 0/2 2/2   2 2 1         4 2 5
50 MEJRI, SALAH 4:57   0/1     1   1 1         1    
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 88 18/27 13/26 13/14 6 25 31 20 3 15 4 3 15 17 107
        66.7% 50% 92.9%
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
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WALKUP, THOMAS 30:41 19 5/8 3/5   1 1 2 6 2 4 1 1 4 2 18
1 RIVERS, KC 25:20 12 3/4 2/7   1 2 3 1 1       4 1 8
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 25:02 21 5/8 3/4 2/2 1 1 2 3 1     1 3 2 21
10 HAYES, NIGEL 28:27 6 0/1 2/4   1 3 4               7
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 11:14 3   1/2   1 1 2 1         1 2 6
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 21:22 7 2/3 1/5   1 1 2   2       1   5
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 LEDAY, ZACH 16:45   0/2 0/1   1 3 4   1 1 1 1     1
34 LANDALE, JOCK 23:15 11 2/3 0/2 7/8 1 3 4 1   2 1 1 4 5 11
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 17:54 3 0/2 1/5 0/2 1   1 1   2       3 -2
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 82 17/31 13/35 9/12 12 15 27 13 7 10 3 4 17 15 77
        54.8% 37.1% 75%
Head coach: JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
“Solid team victory. The team rankings of 107 to 76 means we had control of the game during the 40 minutes but Zalgiris fights and showed it to the last play. You give them a lot of credit for that fight, but we were solid enough to get the victory. Let’s go step by step. Now we have 13 wins in a row but that doesn’t matter. We’ve got to start to think about the double-header next week, we know how difficult it is to play at CSKA on their floor and we also go to Khimki, so it will be a tough week. I hope Llull and Deck can be back, we need to recover our best players and keep working. I’m happy, of course, but there is still a lot of EuroLeague to go.”
JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
“Congratulations to Real Madrid. We fought well, but at the end our tactical errors left us behind. Generally I’m not unhappy with the game, but we gifted them too much and if you do that to Real Madrid it’s very difficult to win here. 17 fouls by us isn’t enough. We have to make more fouls and be a lot harder. He made a lot of mistakes – if you let players like Rudy shoot without contact…we weren’t tough enough with him. We allowed too many triples today with a lot of errors by ourselves.”

Players

TAVARES, WALTER
Real Madrid
We’re going from game to game, and will continue to keep working for more victories. It’s difficult to play against a team like Zalgiris with a lot of offensive weapons but we played well. We have to keep going like this and give our maximum in every game. We’ll continue to go from game to game.”
LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS
Real Madrid
“I’m very happy with the win and our streak. We’ve been playing at a very high level for a long time. We knew that Zalgiris never gives up and we had to work hard. Playing for Real, you have to be a team and adapt to every situation. We have total solidarity.”
THOMPKINS, TREY
Real Madrid
“We played tough tonight. We know Zalgiris is a tough team, they defend really well but we controlled the rebounds. [on his role] I’ll do whatever team needs, whether it’s playing at 3, 4 or 5.”
CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO
Real Madrid
“It means a lot, we worked so hard this week to win this game. Now we have to keep playing like we did tonight throughout the season.”
RIVERS, KC
Zalgiris Kaunas
“We had our usual problem: mental errors on defense to give them easy baskets. We allowed Fernandez to get hot which boosted their energy. Once he started getting into rhythm it woke them up. When a team like Real gets away, with the offensive scoring prowess they have, it’s hard to stop. As Saras just said to us, we didn’t use enough fouls to slow them down. But we scored 82 points against one of the best teams in EuroLeague, so if we cut out our mistakes on defense we possibly had a chance to win the game.”
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