In a battle between Turkish Airlines Euroleague powerhouses that went down to the wire, Real Madrid locked up home-court advantage in the playoffs by edging Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 76-77 at Nokia Arena on Thursday. Madrid improved to 10-2 in Group F and managed to clinch at least a second-place finish in the group. Maccabi dropped to 7-5 and remains third in the group. Sergio Rodriguez paced the winners with 21 points with 11-of-11 free throw shooting. Nikola Mirotic added 17 while Ioannis Bourousis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Madrid. Devin Smith led Maccabi with 23 points, including one of the longest baskets in competition history - a 22-meter prayer at the end of the third quarter. Alex Tyus had 16 points on 8-of-8 two-point shooting and 11 rebounds for Maccabi, but missed a free throw with 2.3 seconds left that would have tied it.
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