A win at Anadolu Efes (64-74) marked the perfect start to the Euroleague campaign. Nikola Mirotic (24 pts) excelled as Barça got a lot of things very right indeed in Istanbul.
The game was tight early on, with Barça edging it by three at the end of the first period (14-19) and 3-pointers from Delaney and Oriola boosted the lead to 16-25 after the restart. Davies powered the team to +13, and the home side only cut that margin by two come the interval (26-37).
But although Barça went +16 in the third, five almost consecutive threes from Anadolu Efes totally changed the game and we were going into the final period with everything still to play for (46-49).
Barça finally got their shooting back again and a 0-7 streak re-established a decent margin, and with Mirotic finding his A-game when it was needed most, the Turks barely got a look in and Barça could celebrate a solid road win.
Back to the Liga ACB on Sunday at 8.00pm CET and a game against MoraBanc Andorra.
Anadolu Efes: Micic (14), Balbay (7), Simon (-), Peters (16), Dunston (7). Singleton (2), Gecim (3), Ilyasoglu (-), Tuncer (2), Pleiss (13) & Andersson (-).
Barça: Hanga (5), Higgins (3), Claver (7), Mirotic (24), Davies (10). Oriola (8), Abrines (-), Delaney (11), Kuric (-) & Tomic (6).
Periods: 14-19 / 26-37 / 46-49 / 64-74
Referees: Ryzhyk, Boltauzer & Paternico