Barcelona overpowered Anadolu Efes; forced Game 5

Kevin Pangos Barcelona
Photo: EuroLeague Basketball

Barcelona stepped up in Game 4 and defeated Anadolu Efes at home (82-72) to even the series and force a Game 5 (2-2).

The Catalans saw the Turks make a better start (15-22), but they turned things around and closed the first half down by just two (36-38).

The hosts had the momentum on their side and took over in the third quarter. Playing excellent both defensively and offensively, they outscored the visitors 27-12 and never looked back.

Barcelona earned a double-digit lead (63-50) and sealed the deal, as Anadolu Efes never threatened again. The “Blaugrana” conceded 34 points in the second half.

Four players scored in double figures for the winners, with Kyle Kuric posting a team-high 19 points. On the other hand, Shane Larkin and Krunoslav Simon were the best players of the losing squad, with 20 and 17 points, respectively.

Game 5 will be played in Istanbul on Wednesday (01/05). The winner will win the series and will join Fenerbahce, CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid in the Final Four.