Related series. Barca to beat real Madrid at the Palau Blaugrana after a very equal match (71-69) after a great performance by Mirotic, who scored 26 points, including 20 in the second half. Everything is square as the series moves to Madrid.
Real Madrid got off to a better start than Barca with a 0-6 split, an advantage they held on to throughout the first quarter, although a three-pointer from Jokubaitis made it 13-17 and a more respectable target.
The second half saw Real Madrid take a seven-point lead again but Barca won a 7-0 split before Calathes scored to put Barca ahead (26-24, min 17). Real Madrid continued to grab the rebounds, seven in total, but the teams went into halftime with the score at 32-32. Everything to play.
Marginal gains in the second half
The game remained even after restarting. Calathes needed stitches in the left check after a clash with former Barca player Adam Hanga as he battled for the ball. Real Madrid started to make small gains but Barça showed their professionalism and managed to contain them and take a 2-point lead late in the third quarter (56-54).
There will still be no choice between the teams in the last quarter but Barça managed to climb 8 points to face the last six minutes with a good lead (65-57, min 34). Real Madrid managed to level the game soon after, but ultimately a 15-15 scoreline in the final quarter meant Barca shaded the game 71-69 to tie the final series 1-1.
Real Madrid, 69
Barca: Calathes (2), Higgins (10), Hayes-Davis (-), Mirotic (26) i Sanli (-) – starters -, Davies (8), Martínez (-), Smits (3) Laprovittola (8), Kuric (7), Jokubaitis (7).
Real Madrid: Couseur (4), Hanga (10), Deck (7), Tavares (11), Yabusele (16) – starters – Núñez (-), Fernández (2), Abalde (4), Poirier (2), Llull (7 ), Taylor (6).
Quarters: 13-17 / 19-15 / 24-22 / 15-15
Referees: Emilio Pérez Pizarro, Fernando Calatrava and Luis Miguel Castillo.