The Euroleague regular season’s final round started with a huge upset as Barcelona lost at home to Maccabi. The night’s other game was decided in the closing seconds, but everyone will have to wait until the end of Round 34 on Friday to know the full playoffs bracket.
FC Barcelona 80-104 Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
On a night of spectacular offense from two playoff-bound teams, Maccabi Aviv took it right at first-place FC Barcelona for a resounding 80-104 road win on Friday. Maccabi raised its record to 16-11 with its fourth straight over Barca and is now even with Anadolu Efes Istanbul in fifth place. Barca dropped to 21-7 in its final regular-season game. Scottie Wilbekin led five double-digit Maccabi scorers with 20 points. James Nunnally added 18, Roman Sorkin 13, Derrick Williams 12, and Keenan Evans 11. Barca had two double-digit scorers, Alex Abrines with 17 points and Nikola Mirotic with 13.
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 80-81 AX Armani Exchange Milan
Playoff-bound Milan held on in a nail-bitter to beat host ASVEL 80-81 in Villeurbanne and stay in the hunt for a third-place finish. Milan took over the scoreboard in the third quarter but had to withstand a game-winning shot attempt by ASVEL to raise its record to 19-9, good for third place if Real Madrid (18-9) cannot win at home against FC Bayern Munich (13-14) on Friday. Malcolm Delaney led Milan with 24 points and Tommaso Baldasso with 13. ASVEL, who ended its season 8-20, got a career-high 28 points from David Lighty.