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FC Barcelona showed no signs of fatigue in Sunday's runaway victory. / ACB PHOTO

After falling to Olympiacos in the Euroleague playoffs earlier this week, FC Barcelona came back big time with a resounding 103–67 victory over CAI Zaragoza in La Liga ACB. Xavi Pascual's squad won handily despite a close first half. Nevertheless, a frenetic second-half pace lifted the Catalans to a no-doubt-about-it win.

Without Juan Carlos Navarro and Brad Oleson, the offensive load was carried by Deshaun Thomas and his 22 points. Edwin Jackson added 13 and Ante Tomic scored 10 in the winning effort.

Thomas leads the charge

Although Thomas scored 12 points in the first ten minutes of the game, Barça only held a 51–44 lead at the half. Nevertheless, the third quarter was a whole other story. When the action restarted, three pointers from Marcelinho Huertas, Jackson, and Justin Doellman ran the Barça lead to 15 points at 63–48.

Zaragoza, meanwhile, were ice cold, only managing eight points in the entire third quarter. As the fourth quarter got underway, it was already a 27-point game. A 79–52 Barça lead was quickly widened further and, after Àlex Abrines and Mario Hezonja nailed threes of their own, the Catalans were up 94–61 with three minutes left to play.

Barça's then made their 13th trifecta of the game to break the 100-point barrier at 101–65. Each team then only had time for one more basket before the final horn blew, giving Barça their 20th league win of the season.


FCB Basket: CAI Zaragoza - FC Barcelona (67-103) per fcbarcelona

MATCH STATISTICS

CAI Zaragoza, 67

FC Barcelona, 103

CAI Zaragoza (20+24+8+15): Llompart (2), Goulding (19), Robinson (8), Jelovac (13), Norel (10) —starting five— Lisch (1), Katic (4), Sastre (2), Pére Tomàs (5), Juan García (1) and Landry (2).

FC Barcelona (21+30+28+24): Huertas (6), Abrines (6), Thomas (22), Lampe (4), Pleiss (9) —starting five— Doellman (12), Hakason (3), Hezonja (7), Satoransky (9), Jackson (13), Nachbar (2) and Tomic (10).

Referees: Pérez Pérez, Redondo and Caballero.

Attendance: 8,243


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