Defeat in Madrid. And a heavy one. A poor second half was to blame as Barça crashed 97-73 at the Palacio de los Deportes, and the 24 point deficit will do no favours for their all-important points differential at the end of the group phase. Hezonja and Tomic had good games, but Rudy, Rodríguez and Llull were in unstoppable form for Real.
It started with a 5-0 run for Madrid, then FCB hit back with a 0-7 led by Doellman before Madrid replied with a 10-0 of their own. Rudy Fernández’s 3-pointers had the home side 8-up after five minutes and poor long throws from Barça were largely to blame for things staying that way until the end of the first period (24-16).
Madrid exploited every Barça error in the second period, and there were a lot of them, to stretch their lead to 30-18. Tomic managed to keep the Barcelona ship afloat, and got things back to a more hopeful 34-28, but that didn’t change the dynamic of the way things were going and the half ended with Madrid on +9 (2-33).
The threes started coming at last for Barça in the third period, but no matter what Hezonja scored, Rudy would match it at the other end. From 54-47 after a three from Huertas it went to 66-53 and so ended the period with Pascual despairing in his search to find the answer.
Madrid soon made it to the +20 and this was the point of no return for a dejected Barça. Mario Hezonja continued working hard on what would eventually be a fine tally of 22 points, but Barça’s woes were in defence. Madrid didn’t stop scoring and their lead increased to 24 points at 91-67 with three minutes to go, and stayed that way until the end (97-73). This clearly wasn’t Barça’s day, although the scoreline is clearly not a true reflection of the difference between the two teams.