Mirotic throws over Sedekerskis.FCB / Europa Press
Baskonia crashed into Mirotic, the player who made the difference in a match with amazing biorhythms. Barça, waiting for Pau Gasol, who visited his teammates in the morning in the shooting session prior to the match, kept the lead for another week and ended the streak of five overwhelming victories that had brought the Baskon team closer to the Qualifying zone for the quarter-finals
There was no middle ground in the duel between Barça and Baskonia . Mirotic, author of 18 points and 10 rebounds, stretched the thread and his crew built a wall that left Baskonia wondering if he was playing a game of basketball or fronton. He did not get one, sometimes due to lack of precision, sometimes due to the suffocation to which Barça subjected him. Not a triple, not even a free kick, alleviated the drought for Baskonia, which scored one of the worst quarters in memory. The 25-4, with only two baskonista baskets and 14 missed field goals, seemed to leave the game decanted. It wasn't like that
Before the break came, Baskonia had reduced the difference to four points (30-26). Dusko Ivanovic managed to completely change the scenery by designing better paths for his players to get inside balls and leaving minimal space for Fall to execute near the basket and fueling the team's rhythm with the entry into action of Henry and Dragic. Barça continued to be out of temper, accumulated a lot of errors and with the first three-pointers from Baskonia, led by Henry and Giedraitis, they equalized 40 points. 15 minutes to go. Jasikevicius lost time out. You could say that a new game was starting. Baskonia managed to stall Barça by stealing the ball and committing fewer losses.
Vildoza was injured and Mirotic returned to the charge (47-40). Barça improved in the circulation of the ball, much more precise in the last quarter. He hit the gas, Hanga unleashed and aggressive as he attacked the rim, a more intoned Higgins and a once again suffocating defense. A triple from Mirotic and an assist from the Montenegrin Hispanic to Davies opened a definitive gap (67-54) and Barça finished off the triumph with authority.
Barça, 71; Baskonia, 57
Barça: Calathes (7), Higgins (13), Abrines (5), Mirotic (18, Pustovyi (2) -starting team-; Davies (9), Hanga (9), Bolmaro (3), Smits (0), Kuric (5) and Claver (0).
TD Systems Baskonia: Vildoza (0), Giedraitis (11), Sedekerskis (0), Peters (8), Fall (12) –start team-; Jekiri ( 6), Henry (9), Dragic (5) and Polonara (6) .
Partials : 25-4, 8-22, 17-19 and 21-12.
Referees: Lamonica, Radovic and Majkic.
Palau Blaugrana. 28th day of the Euroleague.