Credit: ZUMAPRESS.com-SCANPIX
Credit ZUMAPRESS.com-SCANPIX

For the second year in a row, FC Barcelona (21-5) clinched first place in EuroLeague's regular season.

Player of the Game
Nikola  Mirotic
EFF
20
Nikola Mirotic
Points 18
Accuracy 5-6
Rebounds 0
Assists 1

Blaugranas blew off Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 88-67 and became uncatchable for the 2nd-placed Real Madrid (18-8).

After the win, head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius noted that his team didn't play well in the first half but was happy with the overall result.

"Fenerbahce were more physical in the first half, but when you hit nine 3-pointers, everything seems easier," Jasikevicius said. "I liked the team better in the second half. We corrected small details and were much more solid, even though we didn't hit as many 3-pointers."

Barcelona were one of the best offensive teams throughout the whole season, averaging 83.3 points per game. However, Jasikevicius says that everything will change in the playoffs.

"We are creating the chances quite well. We have a lot of players who can score: Alex Abrines, Kyle Kuric, Nicolas Laprovittola, Nikola Mirotic. 

But when we face the opponent in the quarterfinal, we are not going to score as many. The main thing will be the details, the mental and physical preparation," explained Jasikevicius.

The Lithuanian also praised Alex Abrines, who played only 15 minutes, but finished the game with 18 points, including 6 made 3-pointers. Abrines and Nikola Mirotic combined for 10 out of 16 Barca's made 3-pointers.

"He is not going to score so much every day, but the important thing is to be a complete player and help in other areas, which is something that he's doing, very solid," Jasikevicius concluded.

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FC Barcelona
Fenerbahce Istanbul
55%
30/55
Field goals
45%
24/53
28
Rebounds
24
23
Assists
13
9
Steals
7
75%
12/16
Free throws
83%
10/12
21
Fouls
16

Best players

Nikola  Mirotic
18 PTS
5/6 FG
4/5 FT
Marko  Guduric
15 PTS
6/13 FG
1/1 FT
FC Barcelona
Few players
5 REB
Marko  Guduric
5 REB
2 DREB
3 OREB
Nick  Calathes
10 As
3 TO
20 MIN
Jan  Vesely
3 As
1 TO
22 MIN
Nikola  Mirotic
20 EFF
100% 2P%
80% 3P%
Ismet  Akpinar
11 EFF
0% 2P%
75% 3P%