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Real improves to 7-2 in front of a combative Zalgiris

Real improves to 7-2 in front of a combative Zalgiris
It was a tougher than expected game for Real in front of Zalgiris as the locals had to give its best for the Final win.

Real, who led from start to finish, had an early 8-0 at the scoreboard and Zalgiris responded with a 2-9 run (10-9), but the Whites were powerful inside and more accurate and finished the first quarter with a 9 point margin (20-11, min. 10).

Both teams scored from the distance in the second period: Zalgiris had most of its back court scoring threes while Llull and Rudy scored two each. A spectacular dunk plus foul from Tristan Vukcevic was giving Laso’s men a max advantage of 15 points (47-32, min. 17). But Lekavicius made his appearance with 8 consecutive points and Zalgiris managed to get to halftime alive, 51-45.

Real stroke first in the third quarter and opened a new gap (62-51, min. 34), thanks to Heurtel and Yabusele, but Lekavicius led his team’s response (4 threes during these minutes) for a 5-14 run (67-65, min. 27). The visitors had managed to trim the difference at the scoreboard by 1 point during the quarter (75-70, min. 30).

Zalgiris withstood Real’s defense in the last quarter until the Whites managed to tie Lekavicius’ game: from that moment on the Whites kept scoring while the visitors were not able to overcome Poirier and Rudy’s defensive work. New victory for Real Madrid (95-82) on a tougher than expected game.

Sergio Llull scored his 500th career 3 point shot in the game.