Barcelona tightens the fight for first place in the Endesa League in its regular phase. Real Madrid remains the leader, but its great rival is placed just two victories after beating Unicaja Málaga on Tuesday in the party postponed by the elections to the president of the entity. This is how he has chained 12 wins in the domestic competition.

Sarunas Jasikevicius he knows that the decisive stretch of the season is approaching and he has to dose his squad. They were left out of the call Adam Hanga, Artem Pustovyi and Pau Gasol. The pivot of Sant Boi continues in his set-up to debut next month.

The azulgranas were always ahead on the scoreboard and thus it is easier not to have last minute emergencies. The locals clearly won the fight for the rebound with a colossus named Oriola.

A flag of Calathes was the first sensible income on the scoreboard (23-10, minute 10). The people of Malaga noticed too much Brizuela’s absence in attack. Despite this, the counterattacks gave life to the men of Katsikaris who came close until 29-25.

Nzosa made him want, but it lacked effectiveness. Jasikevicius went out with his substitute theorists after the break and paid dearly, especially Westermann minutes, which is on its way to being one of the worst reinforcements ever to arrive at the Palau.

Lithuanian coach relieved the French guard for Calathes. The Greek, although he is not very fine, contributed some minimums that helped his team to maintain the lead on the scoreboard. The scoreboard tightened to 49-48.

Mirotic, Davies and Higgins They started on the bench and left when the alarms sounded. The Barcelona fans had many trouble scoring points. Thompson had taken over the painting.

Davies, that goes through a great moment of form, got serious and with the help of Mirotic they returned a comfortable difference of 79-55. The Montenegrin played trickle down. And it is that this Friday they pay a visit to Armani Milan, in a key duel to reach the ‘playoffs’ of the Euroleague as first.

The partial was already 30-7 for the Catalans. Katsikaris called a timeout to stop the bleeding, but it was too late to aspire to victory. Eight minutes to go. But it is that Unicaja took three more to premiere in the fourth period. They stayed in a very poor four points.

– Data sheet:

79. Barça (23 + 17 + 20 + 19): Westermann (5), Bolmaro (7), Abrines (5), Oriola (7), Mirotic (12) -starting team-, Davies (15), Smits (10), Higgins (4), Claver (-), Calathes (2), Martínez (4) and Kuric (8).

55. Unicaja (13 + 19 + 19 + 4): Díaz (2), Fernández (7), Waczynski (9), Thompson (11), Thomas (5) -starting team-, Alonso (6), Abromaitis (1), Mekel (2), Nzosa (7), Bouteille (5), Sánchez (-) and Guerrero (-).

Referees: Calatrava, Padrós and Lucas. Without eliminated.

Incidents: Match corresponding to matchday 25 of the Endesa League played without an audience at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona.

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