After a run of six games unbeaten, Barça suffered a 86-88 defeat in the Euroleague against Anadolu Efes. Not even a 24-point scoring performance from Nikola Mirotic could keep the winning streak going, as the team fell to a first loss of 2021.
The Blaugrana have a Euroleague record of 17-7 so far this term.
The game was a tight one, with a halftime score of 50-53 showing the effective offence of both teams. FC Barcelona came back from a 10-point deficit at one stage.
Mirotic and Davies brought the Blaugrana back into the game. The former hit 11 points, with his American teammate sending down a further 10.
Barça were looking to the permiter for their output, scoring six from seven in the first half.
Barça pulled level in the 24th minute, 58-58, but that began an Efes partial that saw them score an unanswered 9 points, giving the team a mountain to climb in the final quarter.
The Barça offence proved not to be enough, as the fightback fell just short. They reduced a 13-point lead to just 2 at the final buzzer, but could not avoid their first loss of the year.
Up next is a Liga Endesa game against Bilbao Basket.
Anadolu Efes, 88
Barça: Higgins (12), Calathes (9), Sergi Martínez (-), Mirotic (24) i Oriola (6) -starting five- Davies (14), Hanga (5), Westermann (3), Smits (3), Pustovyi (2) and Kuric (8).
Anadolu Efes: Beaubois (7), Sanli (12), Moerman (6), Micic (26) i Krunoslav (4) -starting five- Larkin (19), Singleton (13), Balbay (-), Anderson (-) and Dunston (1).
Partials: 22-27; 28-26 / 15-19; 21-16
Referees: Ilija Belosevic, Carmelo Paternico and Milan Nedovic.