Liga Endesa round up (Playoff QF)

Real Madrid and Barcelona have each come through their respective Liga Endesa Playoff games with 2-0 wins, but both sides were made to work hard for their wins.

Real Madrid 2-0 Zaragoza

A game-high 18 points from Felipe Reyes was enough to seal a 78-70 win in Game 1 for the Euroleague finalists. But Zaragoza certainly made life tough for the hosts.

Without the services of Rudy Fernandez and Dontaye Draper once more, Madrid struggled to get going until the fourth quarter, when an inspired Sergio Llull helped Real out of their funk and one game to the good.

Real Madrid made sure of the sweep with an exciting 101-95 win in Zaragoza.

Nikola Mirotic led the winners with 15 points as they welcomed Fernandez back into the squad. He hit 10 points in limited minutes.

Barcelona 2-0 Laboral Kutxa

Barcelona swept their series against 2009-10 Liga Endesa winners Laboral Kutxa despite being pushed to the limit in Game 1, eventually winning 92-87.

The Catalan side fell 43-36 behind at half-time as they looked static on offence, while Vitoria were making their open shots and were by far the more organised of the two sides.

Barca then sprung into life in the third. They led 69-68 at the end and crossed the finish line despite a few moments of nerves in the final period.

Game 2 in Vitoria was virtually over by half-time. Barca held a 12-point advantage by then and the lead grew to 20 after three, securing an easy win. Brad Oleson led Barcelona with 29 points in Game 1, with Maciej Lampe leading the way for the winners in the second game with 14.

Valencia 2-1 Cajasol Seville

Valencia and Cajasol Seville went the distance but in the end, it was the Eurocup winners who took the spoils 87-84 in an enthralling Game 3.

It was Valencia that drew first blood as they took Game 1 with a comfortable 84-54 win, but Cajasol came back strong in the return game, winning 84-78.

Then the true fun began.

Up 46-41 at half-time, Valencia looked to take charge early on, but were pegged back by a stubborn Seville side as both teams kept wrestling for the advantage. Trailing 81-73 with just over three minutes left, Cajasol went on the attack but in the end, their comeback was halted just short as the Eurocup holders used all of their experience to gain the win.

Unicaja Malaga 2-1 Gran Canaria

Unicaja Malaga eased past a woeful Gran Canaria side 79-60 in a deciding Game 3, as they bossed the game from the second quarter onwards.

Free throws from Tomas Bellas with 15.8 seconds left handed Gran Canaria a 63-62 win in Game 2.

Malaga won Game 1 78-70.

Semi-Finals

Real Madrid vs Unicaja Malaga

Barcelona vs Laboral Kutxa