Friday night's hosts secured bragging rights in Le Classique after winning for the fourth straight time.
Monaco used dominant two quarters to beat ASVEL
In the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague's fifth installment of Le Classique, the French League derby between AS Monaco and LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, it was Sasa Obradovic's squad that ended up securing another win. The final 80-70 scoreline is the only double-digit lead that Monaco had, and the teams were tied at 68-68 with just 3:15 to go.
However, Monaco did not allow a single basket in the next 3 minutes, forcing four consecutive missed shots by the visitors to come away with the victory.
A dominant couple of quarters
While Mike James and Alpha Diallo made clutch shots in those final 3 minutes, and Elie Okobo was an important factor throughout the night, it was Monaco's performance in the second and fourth quarters that allowed it to secure bragging rights in the French derby.
After making just 4-of-18 field goals in the opening 10 minutes, Monaco was 6-of 11 on two-pointers and 4-for-6 on threes in the second quarter, winning that period by a score of 27-14.
Then, in the fourth, Monaco was 3-of-6 on two-pointers but 5-of-11 from behind the arc, all while holding ASVEL to just 9 fourth-quarter points. The hosts turned a 57-61 deficit at the end of the third into an 80-70 victory, its fifth straight, to improve to 5-2 on the season.