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Barça went into this game knowing it was decisive and didn't disappoint. They dominated from the outset with a professional performance that subdued Bayern, taking a 2-1 lead in the series, and needing just one more win to classify for the Final Four.
Lapro shows the way
Barça were clearly intent on forgetting the previous loss and Laprovittola set the balling rolling, scoring two consecutive three-pointers before Bayern had even got going.
Mirotic then started to turn the screw, taking advantage of Bayern's scoring woes, as the away defence was dominating. The score at the end of the first quarter was already 17-26.
The trend continued in the second quarter, this time with Smits and Exum taking on the scoring baton, with the lead extended to 18 points by the end of the second quarter (31-49).
Mirotic maintains the margin
Barça would have been aware that there was still a lot of time for Bayern to fight back, which they gradually did in the third quarter, proving more dominant at offensive rebounds. Brandon Davies unfortunately went off with a shoulder injury and the lead was down to 10 points.
However, Mirotic saw the danger and returned to the court to shut down any further hopes of a Bayern fightback. He scored 11 consecutive points for Barça, completing an MVP performance of 25 points, 6/7 free throws, and two three-pointers (50 %).
Bayern continued to plug away, reducing the deficit to nine points but it wasn't enough - final score 66-75. Barça are now 2-1 up in the series and another win in Germany on Friday will book their place in the Final Four in Belgrade.
Bayern Munich, 66
Bayern Munich: Wiler-Babb (9), Lucic (X17), Dedovic (0), Thomas (4), Radosevic (2)- starters -, Hunter (7), Jaramaz (13),, Obst (0), Rubit (14), Sisko (0), Schilling (0).
Barça: Calathes (8), Laprovittola (9), Nigel-Hayes (2), Mirotic (25), Sanli (3)- starters -, Davies (2), Exum (7), Martínez (0), Smits (12), Abrines (0), Kuric (7), Jokubaitis (0)
Referees: Borys Ryzhyk, Sreten Radovic and Mehdi DiFalla.
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