FC Barcelona struck first in its best-of-five playoffs series by downing Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 88-61 in Game 1 at home on Tuesday. Barcelona has a 1-0 lead in the series, which will resume with Game 2 also at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. Barcelona was behind throughout the first half, but got its first lead shortly after Galatasaray star Carlos Arroyo left the game injured right before halftime. In the second half, the hosts surged behind the three-point shooting of Jacob Pullen, Bostjan Nachbar and Brad Oleson to win easily.
Nachbar led Barcelona with 19 points. He was followed by four more double-digit scorers: Juan Carlos Navarro with 12 points, Pullen and Olseon with 11 each, and Ante Tomic with 10. Joey Dorsey was the key to Barcelona’s defensive turnaround, with 8 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal. Arroyo had 14 points before his injury and still ended as Galatasaray’s sole double digit scorer. Furkan Aldemir and Ender Arslan added 9 each.
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