Real Madrid is at the cusp of claiming the 2015 Spanish Liga Endesa championship after going up 2-0 over El Clasico rivals, FC Barcelona. History is in their corner, with no team ever coming back after being down 0-2 in the Finals series. Game 2 was an easy win for Real Madrid. They capitalized on an explosive first quarter and executed their fast-paced offense to a tee. From the onset the white shirts set the tone with a 31-10 lead at the end of the first frame.
Once again, star point guard Sergio Llull proved to be instrumental in Real Madrid’s success. He shot efficiently from everywhere on the court and finished the game with 24 points and five assists. He caught fire from beyond the three-point arc and nailed 6-of-8 from that range. Barca’s perimeter defense could not slow him down. His team as a whole had their sniper caps on, shooting a blistering 11-of-18 from downtown. Barca was not as successful from long range, knocking down just 9-of-23.
Barcelona put up a brief rally in the second quarter, but it was all Real Madrid after the halftime break and they did not look back.
Justin Doellman tried to carry Barca on the shoulders of his 24 points, but it was not enough to stave off their opponents who continuously bombarded them from close range and from afar. Ante Tomic added 11 points, while Tomas Satoransky added 10.
To complement Sergio Llull’s 24-point outburst, Rudy Fernandez joined in on the three-point shooting party with 17 points of his own, shooting 3-of-3 treys. Gustavo Ayon was solid off the bench with 12 points for Real Madrid.
Game 3 is scheduled on June 24th. Will Real Madrid go on to win the series via sweep or will FC Barcelona be able to steal one game, giving fans of this epic club rivalry another game (or two) to enjoy?