ALBA defeated NBA champion with last throw

Jamel McLean is enthusiastically acclaimed by the Berliners after his last basket. Photo: Lukas Schulze


Jamel McLean is enthusiastically acclaimed by the Berliners after his last basket. Photo: Lukas Schulze

Tim Duncan needs to plug in Berlin against a defeat. Photo: Lukas Schulze

Tony Parker is also of three Berliners do not stop. Photo: Lukas Schulze

Berlin Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann tries his luck against Duncan. Photo: Lukas Schulze

Alex Renfroe brought down the Berlin zerfahrenem to start in the track. Photo: Lukas Schulze

Berlin coach Sasa Obradovic motivated as in a competitive match. Photo: Lukas Schulze

Gregg Popovich is the great Director of the San Antonio Spurs. Photo: Lukas Schulze

Jeff Ayres of the San Antonio Spurs (l) can not stop Berlin Clifford Hammonds. Photo: Lukas Schulze

Leon Radosevic Berlin (l) is not afraid to go against Tim Duncan. Photo: Lukas Schulze

Tony Parker was honored before the game as the best Europeans. Photo: Lukas Schulze

From From Florian Luetticke, dpa

Berlin - With a remarkable performance ALBA Berlin has managed in the test duel with NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in the last second for a big surprise. The Basketball League team beat the five-time champions of the North American professional league before 14,504 spectators with 94:93 (47:54).

Jamel McLean made by its results with the final siren for large rejoicing in the sold-out O2 World. Five seconds before the end, had the Spurs throw-in, but Reggie Redding tried and failed to steal and initiated ALBA game-winning fastbreak.

"I had no more pressure. When I've seen the ball from the board fell into the basket, I did not know what to do. An incredible feeling, "the happy match-winner said afterwards. Captain Alex King rejoiced at his side: "That was for the fans' ne great show. We have really caught a good day "But McLean turned his thoughts forward to the next competitive match on Friday in the Bundesliga against Telekom Baskets Bonn." The celebration is now minimal. It is not drunk. By the end of June not. "

The team of coach Sasa Obradovic showed the star ensemble to the outstanding Tony Parker equal and celebrated the first German victory over an NBA team two years after the defeat against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. France's European champion Parker excelled with 28 points, at ALBA McLean came up with 18 points.

At first it looked after a declassification: After the early 3: 0 lead ALBA suffered ten points in series, in the first section already back with 16 points. The Spurs starting lineup in the championship finals against the Miami Heat swirled the Berliner defensive confusion, especially against the rapid first phase of Parker was the capital club first ever no means. Again and again joined the French point guard from either by layup or allowed to foul at the free throw line.

Only when coach Gregg Popovich to the Stars Parker, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard indulged a first break, ALBA was always more into the game. Especially from the three-point line convinced the team of coach Obradovic with five of seven matches before the break and continued in the rebound with duel well.

With the strong playmaker Alex Renfroe Berlin, reducing the deficit and went five minutes before the break by a threesome of Reggie Redding at 42:41 even in leadership. Obradovic also indulged his Toptalent Moritz Wagner deployment time - the 17-year-old was cleared after a few seconds by Monster block of Danny Green.

Overall, however, the audience and pop star Lady Gaga experienced in the gallery not too many spectacular flight deposits. Instead, the Spurs relied on their best basketball team in the still sneak up on the first preseason game, some clerical.

ALBA had placed his strong early form however, already in the Champions Cup against FC Bayern and the first two victories demonstrated and held at the beginning of the second half well with. Especially McLean turned on and has repeatedly highlights. How seriously the Spurs took the gig, showed success coach Gregg Popovich, the unhappy yelling at the referee in the closing stages and Parker and Duncan began more than 30 minutes. The thrilling final phase caused a playoff atmosphere - and McLean for a collective cry of joy.

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