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Olympiacos retain Euroleague title

ESPN staff
May 12, 2013
Vassilis Spanoulis top-scored for Olympiacos with 22 points © AP

Olympiacos successfully defended their Euroleague basketball title with an impressive 100-88 victory over Real Madrid at the O2 Arena in London.

Madrid, drawn as the visiting team, took the early advantage when establishing a 17-point lead after the first quarter but defending champions Olympiacos showed their class in winning the next three.

Vassilis Spanoulis top-scored with 22 points for the Greek side, and team-mate Acie Law also netted 20 points to push his team to victory. Rudy Fernandez kept Madrid in the match with 21 points, but The Reds proved too strong in front of the 15,169 crowd.

In the earlier third place play-off match CSKA Moscow held on to defeat Barcelona 74-73 in a tightly contested tie and clinch a place on the podium by a single point.

Marcelinho Huertas had a chance to win it for Regal in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter, but the guard missed his jump shot allowing Moscow to hold on for victory.

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