The Argentine guard was incredibly impressive for Real Madrid as the Spanish side extended its unbeaten start to the season.
Campazzo blew Virtus away on career-high night
Real Madrid is still undefeated in the 2023-24 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague after Facu Campazzo led his team to a 100-74 win against Virtus Segafredo Bologna with a legendary performance.
Campazzo finished the game with a PIR of 39, a new career high. He had a double-double of 18 points and 11 assists, as well as adding 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 9 fouls drawn and just 1 turnover.
It is not just what he did on the floor, but how he did it. Campazzo was having a relatively quiet night, having recorded 4 points and 3 assists in the opening 15 minutes. Once the 32-year-old returned to the floor, however, he buried a three-pointer and went on to have arguably one of the best three-minute spurts in competition history.
Campazzo took over
After that three-pointer, Campazzo connected with Walter Tavares twice. First he sent a high pass for an easy basket, then he got a steal, faked a behind-the-back pass and delivered it – also behind the back – to Tavares for a dunk. Campazzo drew a shooting and hit both attempts, before adding a three-point play and an even rarer put-back layup.
Seconds before burying his first triple, Real led 33-29. Three minutes later, Los Blancos had boosted their lead to 49-33 and never looked back. In that three-minute spurt, Campazzo had a PIR of 15.
Keeping a cool head
"The stats are for you guys. I don't mind the stats right now," Campazzo said after the game. "I am just happy that we won the game and keep having zero losses."
"Our mentality is to try to play hard defense, and I think we changed that in the second quarter. I think that playing good defense made us play good offense as well, so we have to keep this in mind: that defense is going to give us more victories than losses."
Campazzo is in his first season back at Real, but it is like he had never left. The Argentine twice became a EuroLeague champion with Los Blancos during his first spell at the club, having lifted the trophy in the 2014-15 and 2017-18 seasons, but if he continues to play at this level, it’s easy to imagine Campazzo and co. hoisting another EuroLeague title aloft next May.