Atletico, Barcelona, Sevilla power through in Copa
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 22 points, JaMychal Green had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies held the Los Angeles Clippers to a season scoring low in a 96-86 victory Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Memphis held Los Angeles to 34 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 13 points for Memphis, which pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Boban Marjanovic led the Clippers with a season-high 19 points and had eight rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 17 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lou Williams contributed 12 points apiece, with Williams hit 2-of-8 shots.
The Clippers were within 7574 with just under nine minutes left, but the Grizzlies rattled off eight straight points for an 83-74 lead.
Los Angeles struggled in the first half but snapped back early in the third quarter with 11 straight points to take its first lead at 53-51. The Clippers defense was much more active than in the first half. The game settled into an exchange of leads and ties, including 69-all at the end of the third.
The Clippers endured terrible first-half shooting, converting only 27 percent from the field, including 3-of-12 from outside the arc. That allowed Memphis to lead by as many as 15 in the second quarter.
Marjanovic provided a spark for Los Angeles, preventing Memphis from stretching its lead. Marjanovic was perfect in the first half, converting all three of his shots from the floor and six free throws for 12 points.
Conley had 17 points, including a 33-footer at the end of the half for a 51-42 lead.
Clippers: Host Miami on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Grizzlies: Play at New Orleans on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
MADRID — Atletico Madrid was so poor in the first half against fourth-division visitor Sant Andreu that a shock Copa del Rey elimination wasn’t a far-fetched possibility on Wednesday.
But three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second period guided Atletico’s second-string team to a 4-0 victory at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Barcelona and Sevilla also beat lower division clubs, while Villarreal recorded an 8-0 rout of second tier Almeria with four goals by Cameroon striker Karl Toko-Ekambi.
Thomas Lemar scored for Atletico in the 48th minute, Nikola Kalinic in the 53rd, Angel Correa in the 55th and Victor “Vitolo” Machin in the 81st to secure Diego Simeone’s team a place in the last 16 following a 5-0 aggregate victory.
“We struggled in the first half. We weren’t able to play with quick transitions,” said Simeone after his 400th Atletico match. “Everything changed in the second half. After the first goal the team played more freely.”
Atletico was without Diego Costa because of injury, while Antoine Griezmann and several other regular starters were rested by Simeone, who was banned from the bench as he served the second of a three-game suspension following a rant in a Copa match against Sevilla last season.
Substitute Lemar went on at halftime and was key for Atletico, opening the scoring with a right-footed shot from outside the area. Kalinic added a header and Correa produced a fine finish with the outside of his right foot. Vitolo’s goal from close range came after a pass by Saul Niguez.
Barcelona advanced aggregate after its cruised past third Cultural Leonesa 4-1 Nou Stadium.
Denis Suarez scored a goal in each half while Munir El Haddadi and Malcom were on target before halftime. Josep Sene netted in the second period for Cultural, the club owned by the Qatari state.
Barcelona midfielder Ricard “Riqui” Puig, 19, set up one of Suarez’s goals on his debut.
5-1 on reserves division at Camp
Sevilla edged third division Villanovense 1-0 to advance following a 0-0 first-leg draw. Andre Silva scored the winner early in the second half, converting the rebound after missing a penalty.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, left, controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn.
FC Barcelona’s Malcom celebrates after scoring during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between FC Barcelona and Cultural Leonesa at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, December 5, 2018.