Barcelona takes 88-61 blowout win after Galatasaray loses Arroyo
FC Barcelona struck first in its best-of-five playoffs series by downing Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 88-61 in Game 1 at home on Tuesday. Barcelona has a 1-0 lead in the series, which will resume with Game 2 also at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. Barcelona was behind throughout the first half, but got its first lead shortly after Galatasaray star Carlos Arroyo left the game injured right before halftime. In the second half, the hosts surged behind the three-point shooting of Jacob Pullen, Bostjan Nachbar and Brad Oleson to win easily. Nachbar led Barcelona with 19 points. He was followed by four more double-digit scorers: Juan Carlos Navarro with 12 points, Pullen and Olseon with 11 each, and Ante Tomic with 10. Joey Dorsey was the key to Barcelona's defensive turnaround, with 8 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal. Arroyo had 14 points before his injury and still ended as Galatasaray's sole double digit scorer. Furkan Aldemir and Ender Arslan added 9 each. Arroyo and Aldemir had fueled a 0-9 opening run and combined for 17 first-quarter points to give Galatasaray a 14-21 margin after 10 minutes. Evan after Pullen gave Barcelona its first lead, 33-32, on back-to-back triples, Arslan hit his own to keep the guests up 33-35 at halftime. Nachbar and Oleson took it from there as a 14-0 run highlighted Barcelona's 55-26 second-half run to an easy win. Arroyo will undergo an MRI in Barcelona to determine whether he can play Game 2 on Thursday.
First quarter: 0-9 start puts Galatasaray in charge
Aldemir got Galatasaray going with a three-point play on a no-look pass by Arroyo. A jumper by Arroyo and a basket in close from Hairston soon gave the guests a 0-7 lead. A dunk by Aldemir made it 0-9 as Barcelona head coach Xavi Pascual called timeout, out of which Navarro's three-pointer gave the home team its first points after 2 minutes, 21 seconds. Arroyo answered within seconds from downtown, however and when Erazem Lorbek and Hairston exchanged baskets, Galatasaray led 5-14 still without a missed shot. Tomic got his first basket before and Navarro swished from the same spot on the arc as before to cut the difference to 10-14. Arroyo again responded, with a stop-and-pop triple, before Tomic fed Victor Sada for a layup and Aldemir restored a 12-19 Galatasaray edge. Navarro shined with an acrobatic reverse but an unstoppable Aldemir scored in penetration for a 14-21 Galatasaray margin after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Arroyo injured, Pullen rescues Barcelona
Milan Macvan made free throws early in the second quarter, while Barcelona sent in Oleson, Alex Abrines and Nachbar to try to open the floor. Nachbar nailed a catch-and-shoot triple, as Galatasaray started to miss open shots and opted to use twin point guards, Arroyo and Ender Arslan, together. A put-back layup by Joey Dorsey brought Barcelona within 18-23. Nachbar banked in a one-handed floater and Arroyo hit a jumper from the right elbow, but Abrines bettered it with a triple. Erwin Dudley, in his first minute on court since a November injury, scored around the basket. Marcelinho Huertas found Tomic for a layup before an off-balance jumper by Arroyo gave Galatasaray fresh air at 25-29. Arroyo kept pacing the guests with free throws but Pullen found Dorsey for a huge alley-oop slam and struck from downtown to pull Barcelona within 30-31. Bad news hit the guests in the last minute of the quarter, when Arroyo hurt his ankle landing on a miss and had to leave the court. But even when Pullen gave Barcelona its first lead at 33-32 with another triple, Arslan was able to finish the half with his own to keep Galatasaray ahead, 33-35, at the break.
Third quarter: Nachbar, Pullen spark Barcelona surge
Pullen buried his third three-pointer in as many attempts right after the break to give Barcelona the lead again, 36-35. Hairston hit a close jumper but Dorsey followed a layup by putting back his own free throw rebound with a one-handed slam to ignite the crowd. When Navarro added a technical free throw on the same possession, the hosts were up 41-37. Zoran Erceg struck from the arc for his first points of the night, but Navarro's next 2 free throws and Lorbek's turnaround jumper made it 45-39. Galatasaray kept struggling to score, as Barcelona's defense excelled behind Dorsey's intimidation in the paint. Pullen banked in a five-meter shot before Dudley scored around the basket and free throws by Nachbar boosted Barcelona's margin to 49-41. Arslan responded with a driving layup but Nachbar did better with a three-pointer. Macvan, Nachbar and Cenk Akyol - playing power forward in a small Galatasaray lineup - made foul shots before an inside basket by Tomic gave Barcelona its first double-digit lead, 56-46. Arslan and Oleson exchanged triples to fix the score at 59-49 after 30 minutes.
Fourth quarter: Oleson seals it, Barcelona wins
Oleson buried a six-meter jumper from the right wing early in the fourth quarter which Tomic followed with a layup, breaking open the score at 63-49 with 9 minutes remaining. Galatasaray had troubles circulating the ball and a three-pointer by an unstoppable Oleson sent the crowd to its feet and the score to 66-49. Navarro made a technical free throws and Oleson struck again from downtown to seal the outcome, 70-49, after a 14-0 run. Erceg tried to change things with a turnaround jumper and Manuchar Markoishvili did even better with a triple, but Lorbek kept Barcelona way ahead, 72-54. Tomic found Abrines for a big slam, as Galatasaray gave playing time to Dudley and Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who also returned from injury tonight. Kostas Papanikolaou made free throws and by the time he hit a jumper, everything was said and done, as Barcelona had cruised to a well-deserved, convincing home win.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014