FC Barcelona came away with an 86-88 win over ALBA Berlin at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Thursday evening, which improved its record to 8-3, good enough for second place in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague standings. One of the keys to the victory was the way in which Barca's key players came to the fore at various points during the night.
Barca's star power was evident against ALBA
Nikola Mirotic, the 2021-22 EuroLeague MVP, made his first appearance of the season and finished with a game-high 19 points, including some crucial free three throws to secure the win. Two-time EuroLeague champion Cory Higgins also had 7 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help wrap up the result for Barca.
With Mirotic finally on the court with the likes of Higgins, Nicolas Laprovittola and summer additions Tomas Satoransky, Nikola Kalinic, Jan Vesely and Mike Tobey, Barca fans were finally able to get a glimpse of what their team could look like at full strength. Satoransky and Laprovittola both got into double digits for scoring with 11 and 16 points, respectively, but they also dished a respective 5 and 6 assists.
ALBA Berlin - Valencia Basket | Round 21 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Smith with the bullet pass!
Real Madrid - FC Barcelona | Round 21 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sanli stops Tavares!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sikma delivers the sweet feed to Olinde!
Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - FC Barcelona | Round 20 | Highlights
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv - ALBA Berlin | Round 20 | Highlights
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FC Barcelona - Anadolu Efes Istanbul | Round 19 | Highlights
ALBA Berlin - Real Madrid | Round 19 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Kourmadje with this nice drive and dunk!
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne - FC Barcelona | Round 18 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Mirotic beats the buzzer!
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ALBA Berlin - EA7 Emporio Armani Milan | Round 18 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Della Valle beats the buzzer!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Jaleen Smith to Christ Koumadje alley-oop
7DAYS Magic Moment: Jaleen Smith's bullet-pass
FC Barcelona - Virtus Segafredo Bologna | Round 17 | Highlights
ALBA Berlin - Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz | Round 17 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Tamir Blatt feeds Ben Lammers for an alleyoop slam!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Alleyoop connection Smith-Olinde!
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade - FC Barcelona | Round 16 | Highlights
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne - ALBA Berlin | Round 16 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Mirotic sends it to overtime
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Valencia Basket - FC Barcelona | Round 15 | Highlights
ALBA Berlin - Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv | Round 15 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sikma serves Koumadje
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Monstruous slam-dunk by Tomas Satoransky!
AS Monaco -ALBA Berlin | Round 14 | Highlights
FC Barcelona - Panathinaikos Athens | Round 14 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Reverse slam dunk from Vesely!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Super slam by Tomas Satoransky!
Virtus Segafredo Bologna - ALBA Berlin | Round 13 | Highlights
Magic Moment: Mirotic on the halftime buzzer!
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FC Barcelona - LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne | Round 12 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Spectacular fast break from Barca
7DAYS Magic Moment: Lapro to Tobey alley-oop
ALBA Berlin - Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul | Round 12 | Highlights
Focus on: Luke Sikma & Ben Lammers, ALBA Berlin
ALBA Berlin - FC Barcelona | Round 11 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Thiemann with the big defensive play on Tobey!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Laprovittola finds Vesely for thunderous dunk!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Thiemann throws it down over Vesely!
FC Barcelona - Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz | Round 10 | Highlights
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Head coach Saras Jasikevicius will be keen for his team to show a better level of concentration moving forward – ALBA twice came back into the game after being down big – but at least he will be able to envisage his Barca team with Mirotic now available. Barca has won six of its last seven games, and the return of last year's EuroLeague MVP should make them one of the teams to beat in the remainder of the regular season.