Bitci Baskonia (6-6) may be struggling in the EuroLeague but that didn't prevent them from delivering their best performance so far in the season that garnered them a big 91-78 (22-12, 24-23, 22-19, 23-24) road win against EuroLeague leaders FC Barcelona (10-2).

2-pointers this season

54%
21,3
Points made: 21,3
Accuracy: 53,7%
Place in standings: 2
Record max: 27
Record min: 14
Most made 2FGs: Brandon Davies

The winners were paced offensively by Steven Enoch (23 points on 9/11 field-goals, 2/2 three-point shots, 3/5 free throws, 6 rebounds, and 27 in PIR).

Matt Costello was highly doubtful before the game. The American forward with the Ivory Coast passport not only played but dropped 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points in a losing effort for Barcelona, while Rokas Jokubaitis added 13 and Kyle Kuric 12.

This result leaves Real Madrid (11-1) all alone on the ACB top. Bitci Baskonia had nothing to do with the team that surrendered to the "Blaugrana" on November 11  (93-67).

The Basques, who landed in Barcelona on a terrible streak of results, were dominant throughout the entire game. Having suffered seven defeats in the last eight games in EuroLeague and four in the last six of the ACB  League, Spahija's team played at Palau without pressure.

Enoch forced Jasikevicius to a quick change of centers to try to stop him. The big from Connecticut scored 8 points in the first quarter, to ignite the first alarms (6-18). Barca kept misfiring from deep, wasting eleven of their first three-point shots, making it impossible to keep up with Baskonia. 

If against Efes the Catalan squad went to the break having conceded 47 points, Baskonia had reached 46 way earlier. Marinkovic made it 20-38, while Barcelona had only Mirotic to credit for preventing the game from breaking completely open.

All the hosts could muster was getting within six (64-70) with six minutes left, after a Sanli dagger, but Costello's wrist worked perfectly, restoring the order for the visitors.

FC Barcelona: Nikola Mirotic 20 (8/16 FG, 3/3 FT, 8 REB, 3 AST, 2 ST, 2 TO), Rokas Jokubaitis 13 (6/8 FG, 1 REB, 3 AST), Kyle Kuric 12 (4/12 FG, 2 REB), Nigel Hayes 10 (4/6 FG, 3 REB), Sertac Sanli 10 (4/8 FG, 2 REB, 3 AST), Brandon Davies 7 (2 AST).

Bitci Baskonia: Steven Enoch 23 (9/11 FG, 2/2 3-PT SHOTS, 3/5 FT, 6 REB), Matt Costello 19 (7/12 FG, 4/4 3-PT SHOTS, 7 REB, 2 AST), Wade Baldwin 11 (5/9 FG, 4 REB, 5 AST, 1 TO), Rokas Giedraitis 11 (4/8 FG, 3 REB), Tadas Sedekerskis 8 (3/4 FG, 4 REB).

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