The NBA champions San Antonio Spurs defeated Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 90-96 in Ulker Sports Arena on Saturday, in the second of the NBA Global Games in Europe. The Spurs avoided the sweep in Istanbul, with the win coming three days after ALBA Berlin stunned the NBA champs 94-93 in Berlin in the series opener. This was the third consecutive year Fenerbahce played against an NBA team on home floor, beating the Boston Celtics in 2012, and losing to Oklahoma City Thunder last year
The Spurs led for majority of the contest, with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker leading the way. But Andrew Goudelock was hot, helping keep Fenerbahce close in the second quarter, then hitting three three-pointers during a 13-4 spurt in the third quarter for 64-63 lead. But Parker quickly restored the Spurs’ lead, and the NBA champions used their defense in the final quarter to close out the game. Goudelock finished with 30 points, shooting 8 of 14 for two points, and 4-for-8 for three-pointers. Oguz Savas scored 15, Luka Zoric posted 11 points plus 7 rebounds, while Emir Preldzic dished 11 assists along with 6 points and 6 rebounds. For the Spurs, Duncan scored 23, Parker had 22 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in victory.
First quarter: Spurs go in front early on
A pair of layups from Savas opened the scoring for Fenerbahce, giving it a slim early lead before Goudelock hit a pair of jump shots, trading baskets with Duncan for 8-8. Preldzic drove through the Spurs defense for a nifty layup, but San Antonio scored 9 of its 13 points with Duncan, Parker and Ginobili going perfect from the foul line for 10-13 advantage. Duncan continued his dominance inside with a dunk, and after a jumper from Preldzic, Duncan made a basket-plus-foul for 13-18. Jumpers from Goudelock and Zoric kept Fenerbahce within a single possession, but Ginobili buried a three-pointer for 19-24. Goudelock countered with a long jumper for the hosts, however, Jeff Ayers made two free throws and beat the buzzer with a fastbreak dunk for 21-29 after the first quarter.
Second quarter: Goudelock gets Fenerbahce’s offense going
A dunk from Ayers extended it to 21-32 early in the second quarter, before Bogdanovic knocked down a triple to snap a 0-8 run. Basket were few and far between before Austin Daye made a runner, and Duncan added a reverse layup for 24-37. Ricky Hickman ended Fenerbahce’s drought with a jumper, before Goudelock made a runner and a corner three-pointer on back-to-back possessions. Goudelock’s free throws capped a 9-0 run, and Hickman drove for a layup to get Fenerbahce within 35-39. Duncan scored inside and Danny Green added an alley-oop dunk to the Spurs’ tally, before Goudelock nailed another runner. In the thrilling final seconds of the quarter, Matt Bonner extended the margin into the double digits with a three-pointer, but Savas replied, hitting a half-court buzzer-beater to make it 40-47 at halftime.
Third quarter: Goudelock and Parker take over the show
Jan Vesely strung together 7 points, including rocking the house with a pair of monster alley-oops, and Hickman raced for a fastbreak layup that got Fenerbahce within 49-53 early in the third quarter. After Ryan Anderson got Spurs back to an 8-point margin, Goudelock and Parker started trading blows. Goudelock hit a triple and Parker countered with a jumper, 54-61. Parker added another jumper, but Goudelock had two more triples, and Savas scored a layup to give Fenerbahce 64-63 lead. Parker answered with 7 more points, however, including an acrobatic layup-plus-free throw, helping San Antonio to 66-73 before Savas scored couple more close range baskets, making the score at the end of the third quarter 70-75.
Fourth quarter: Spurs seal it with defense
Savas scored first in the fourth quarter, but Ginobili and Marco Belinelli answered each with a driving layup, as Spurs regained control. Diaw’s basket from close range helped extend it to 74-87 as Fenerbahce did not manage to score a field goal for more than 5 minutes. Hickman’s jumper ended the drought, snapping a 2-12 run, and Zoric fought his way for a pair of buckets to cut the deficit to 80-89 with 4 minutes to go. Spurs continued to make defensive stands, but Goudelock scored a pair of baskets that got Fenerbahce within 6 points. Zoric scored to keep Fenerbahce at 88-94 with 65 seconds to go, but Parker’s layup assisted by Duncan sealed the deal.
Zeljko Obradovic, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul head coach:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the world’s best team and coaches here. We tried to enjoy the game. Many of our players were with their national teams late into the preseason, so we must continue to work. We are trying to be ready for the Euroleague and the Turkish League, both of which will be very challenging. In the Euroleague, we’ve fallen into a very tough group. Our goal is to make the Top 16, and our fan support will be very important to achieve our goals. I have many players who can play at different positions. The most important thing will be aggressiveness.”
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