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Anadolu Efes, Barcelona extend EuroLeague winning streaks

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Anadolu Efes and Barcelona earned big victories on Thursday night and extended their winning streaks in the EuroLeague.

The Turks survived Maccabi Tel-Aviv at home (91-89), thanks to Rodrigue Beaubois’ stellar performance. The French guard finished the game with 23 points, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and a personal-best PIR of 36.

Beaubois made the layup to give his team the lead (91-89) and then blocked Scottie Wilbekin’s game-winning three-pointer, sealing the deal for the hosts.

Anadolu Efes won its second straight game and improved to 3-3. On the other hand, Maccabi, which saw Elijah Bryant have a team-high 22 points, dropped to 2-5.

In Berlin, Barcelona decimated ALBA (67-103) and extended its winning streak to five games.

The Catalans took over from the first quarter, led by 20 at halftime (36-56) and cruised to an easy road victory.

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, with Nikola Mirotic leading the way with 18 points. Nick Calathes scored just two points for the “Blaugrana”, but dished 12 assists in just 18 minutes of action.

Simone Fontecchio had 17 points for ALBA, which dropped to 1-4. On the other hand, Barcelona remained on top of the standings with a 6-1 record.

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