Real Madrid entered the Final Four as the best team in total and defensive rebounding, and was ranked second in offensive boards per game. Los Blancos used that strength on the glass to pull out the semifinals win over FC Barcelona.
Key stat: Real's fourth-quarter rebounding
Real has outrebounded opponents by 6.6 rebounds per game this season, but was on the wrong end of that margin against Barcelona, which set the tone early on the backboards and kept a 25-28 rebounding advantage through three quarters.
However, in the final quarter it was Real that grabbed 10 boards to just 6 by Barcelona. More importantly, half of those 10 were on the offensive glass, including two key plays of the game.
Real Madrid vs Anadolu Efes Istanbul | Championship Game | Highlights
Championship Game post-game quotes: Adam Hanga, Real Madrid
Magic Moment: Micic finds Pleiss
Magic Moment: Poirier stops Pleiss!
Magic Moment: Singleton dunks off a steal!
Magic Moment: Tavares, off the glass!
Magic Moment: Larkin's acrobatic basket
Magic Moment: Fernandez to Poirier for an alley-oop slam
Magic Moment: Singleton's put-back dunk!
Magic Moment: Tavares throws it down
FC Barcelona vs Olympiacos Piraeus | Third Place Game | Highlights
Magic Moment: Calathes sets Final Four assists record!
Magic Moment: McKissic throws it down!
Magic Moment: Mirotic to Calathes
Magic Moment: Abrines dunks off a steal!
Magic Moment: Olympiacos's team effort!
Magic Moment: Vezenkov beats the buzzer!
Magic Moment: Calathes behind the back!
Championship Game Preview
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Championship Game pre-game quotes: Walter Tavares, Real Madrid
Championship Game pre-game quotes: Adam Hanga, Real Madrid
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Post-game quotes: Vincent Poirier, Real Madrid
Spalding Dunk of the Night: Davies dunks in traffic!
FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid | Semifinal | Highlights
Post-game quotes: Alex Abrines, FC Barcelona
Post-game quotes: Brandon Davies, FC Barcelona
Magic Moment: Poirier's block off the glass!
Magic Moment: Mirotic finds Davies!
Magic Moment: Poirier dunks again!
Magic Moment: Causeur to Poirier for two-handed slam
Magic Moment: Llull puts Real ahead!
Magic Moment: Davies dunks in traffic!,
Magic Moment: Llull to Tavares for alley-oop slam
Magic Moment: Yabusele throws it down
Semifinal vibes: Barcelona vs. Real
Semifinal vibes: Olympiacos vs. Efes
Inside the semis with Kyle Kuric, FC Barcelona
Inside the semis with Fabien Causeur, Real Madrid
Dream Team: Brandon Davies
2021-22 MVP of the Season: Nikola Mirotic, FC Barcelona
Final Four arrivals: Barca touches base in Belgrade
Final Four arrivals: Los Blancos back in Belgrade
Our Season: FC Barcelona
Our Season: Real Madrid
EuroLeague title memories: Real Madrid
EuroLeague title memories: FC Barcelona
With Real holding a 79-80 margin, Gabriel Deck came out of nowhere to get an offensive board that led to a layup by Sergio Llull with 22 seconds to go. Then, in the final seconds and with Real clinging to an 83-85 lead, Guerschon Yabusele snatched a missed free throw by Llull, then drew a foul with 2.8 to go, which proved too little time for Barcelona to threaten.
It was Deck's second and Yabusele's third offensive rebound of the game, as Real finished with 14 for the night, compared to Barcelona's 12. Just enough for a win over its biggest rival.