Liga Endesa round up (week 20)

As Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run, domestically, Valencia lost further ground as they slipped up in week 20.

Zaragoza handed Valencia their third loss of the season, winning 95-89, which strengthened their playoff push as they are sixth.

Damjan Rudez and Giorgi Shermadini both hit 18 points to lead Zaragoza as they led 22-14 after the first quarter and never looked back.

Barcelona are still third after a comfortable 78-56 road win at Tenerife.

Alex Abrines led the Catalans with 14 points but Barca are still three losses behind second place.

Real Madrid are now at a commanding 20-0 after they brushed aside Bruixa d’or 92-69 on the road.

A 25-10 first quarter set the tone for the title favourites as they eased to the win leaving Bruixa d’Or out of the playoff places.

Six Real Madrid players scored in double figures led by Sergio Llull’s 18 points overall. Nikola Mirotic and Sergio Rodriguez both added 11.

Unicaja Malaga survived a last minute scare away from home to beat Murcia 78-76.

Pete Mickeal had a wide open three-pointer that agonisingly missed with 30 seconds left. Malaga were able to hit their free throws and in the last seconds, Kim Tille failed to control the ball allowing the clock to run out and the visitors to celebrate.

Zoran Dragic led the Malaga charge with 18 points as they remain fourth but are waiting patiently for a Barcelona slip.

Another team waiting for both Malaga and Barca to slip up is Gran Canaria, who beat struggling Estudiantes at home 76-62.

After a close first quarter where neither team could be separated at 22-22, the hosts ran away with it, holding the visitors to 11 points as Gran Canaria led 55-33 at the half. From there, despite tiring, the hosts grinded out the win.

Brad Newley led the winners with 15 points.

Elsewhere, Laboral Kutxa, who decided not to play Lamar Odom had no troubles beating basement side Valladolid 84-67 to hold their playoff spot.

Tibor Pleiss led Laboral with 16 points as a dominant first half saw them to the win.

Bilbao got a good 78-68 win over Gipuzkoa, as they ran away in the third quarter to seal victory.

Roger Grimau led Bilbao with 17 points as they continue to pressure Cajasol Seville for that last playoff spot. Seville though were 84-75 victors away at Fuenlabrada as they maintained that last spot.

Joventut Badalona though dropped back in the playoff hunt when they lost 89-72 away at Monbus who are now one place above them in tenth.