Carroll's three lifts Real past Maccabi
In a thriller than literally came down to the final second, Real Madrid registered its second win in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season by edging Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 86-85 at WiZink Center in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Real improved to 2-0 in the standings while Maccabi dropped to 0-2. Jaycee Carroll became Real's hero by hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining. Jordan Mickey led the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Carroll added 14 points, Anthony Randolph 11 and Facu Campazzo 10. Scottie Wilbekin led Maccabi with 22 points and John DiBartolomeo and Elijah Bryant each added 15 apiece for the guests. Campazzo and Randolph shined early, but Wilbekin and Othello Hunter fueled a 0-7 run that gave Maccabi a 20-22 edge late in the first quarter. Sergio Llull and Mickey stepped up for Real and then Fabien Causeur gave the hosts a 50-44 edge at halftime. Maccabi opened the second half with a 0-12 run, but Randolph and Campazzo helped Real regain a 63-58 margin late in the third quarter. It all came down to the final seconds, in which Wilbekin singlehandedly put Maccabi ahead, 83-85, with 10.9 seconds left. Real called timeout and Carroll buried the game-winning shot. Quincy Acy missed at the other end right at the buzzer.
Nate Wolters got Maccabi going with a stop-and-pop floater and Wilbekin added 5 quick points for a 3-7 lead. Campazzo fed Edy Tavares and Randolph for respective dunks. Randolph soon added a triple to give Real its first lead, 10-9. Tarik Black and Tyler Dorsey stepped up for the guests, but Campazzo restored a 17-15 Real edge. Jeffery Taylor nailed his trademark corner three-pointer, but Wilbekin and Dorsey fueled a 0-7 run which Hunter capped with a dunk for a 20-22 Maccabi lead. Mickey tied the game, 22-22, after 10 minutes. Mickey kept pacing Madrid with 6 points early in the second quarter, but three-pointers by DiBartolomeo and Bryant tied the game again, 28-28. Mickey hit a jumper and Carroll added a big triple for 33-30 Real lead. Bryant and Gabriel Deck traded baskets, then Llull followed a driving layup with a bomb from downtown for a 40-32 Real margin. Bryant rescued Maccabi and a put-back layup by Jake Cohen kept the guests within 43-38. Wilbekin and DiBartolomeo each hit a triple, but Causeur allowed Real to reach halftime with a 50-44 lead. Acy, DiBartolomeo and Wolters buried one apiece from beyond the arc in a 0-12 Maccabi run highlighted by Black's dunk in traffic, good for a 50-56 score. Randolph stepped up with a driving layup and a wild three-point play. Campazzo and Taylor each hit one from beyond the arc to put Madrid back ahead, 63-58, after a 13-2 run. DiBartomoleo and Cohen combined for 6 points late in the third quarter to tie it again, 65-65, after 30 minutes. Hunter and Bryant provided another lead change, 65-69, early in the fourth quarter. Carroll downed a triple, Causeur scored in penetration and a layup by Deck tied the game, 72-72. Wilbekin followed a three-pointer with a layup and soon added a floater for a 77-79 Maccabi edge with 3 minutes left. Mickey and Bryant traded baskets and Deck tied it again, 81-81, in the next-to-last minute. Wilbekin hit free throws and so did Mickey for an 83-83 score with 27.5 seconds to go. Wilbekin hit a floater over Mickey, but Madrid called a timeout and Carroll did better with a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining. Acy missed an off-balance shot at the buzzer.
Mickey came off the bench and made things happen for Real. He finished the game with 16 points on 4-of-5 two-point shooting and 8-of-8 on free throws, a near-perfect shooting performance. He added 11 rebounds, an assist and 6 fouls drawn for the highest PIR in this game: 30.
The game came down to the final seconds and that changed its outcome. After Mickey hit free throws for an 83-83 tie, Maccabi called a timeout with 27.5 seconds to go and Wilbekin sank a floater in the lane to put the guests in charge, 83-85. Madrid stopped the game, Llull inbounded the ball and Carroll came off a screen to pick up his pass and swish a shot from downtown which gave Los Blancos the win.
Assists and rebounds made the difference in this game. Maccabi only had 9 assists in this game and Real reached 18 - Llull lead his team with 5. Madrid outrebounded Maccabi 38-33, pulling down 14 offensive rebounds and allowing its opponents to get only 8. Those extra 6 possessions always make the difference in such a close game.
Did you notice?
Maccabi made only 7 turnovers, tying its lowest mark in the EuroLeague since March 2014. It was not enough to win the game. Indeed, Maccabi has the two highest PIR marks for losing teams in EuroLeague games this season, reaching 93 against Khimki in Round 1 and 87 against Real.
Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action on Thursday, October 17. Real visits Zalgiris Kaunas. Maccabi faces Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade in its home opener.
Thursday, October 10, 2019