Bayern Munich denied Real Madrid a chance to clinch a playoff berth and improved its own playoff chances with an exciting 85-83 victory Thursday at Audi Dome. Nihad Djedovic scored 21 and Malcolm Delaney recorded 20 points and 6 assists to pace the winners, who improved to 5-5 in Top 16 Group F and ensured themselves at least a share of fourth place at the end of the week. Madrid, which would have clinched a playoff berth with a victory, dropped to 8-2 and second place in the group. Los Blancos can reach the playoffs as soon as next week with a win.
The game seemed to be in Madrid’s hands when a 15-2 second-quarter run gave the visitors a 34-42 halftime lead. However Munich never quit and behind Malcolm rallied back twice. The game was still tied, 79-79, with 71 seconds to go, but Yassin Idbihi scored a crucial tip in and Delaney and Bryce Taylor made big free throws to help ice the win. Robin Benzing added 14 points for Munich. Sergio Rodriguez paced Madrid with 18 points, Ioannis Bourousis added 13, Rudy Fernandez scored 12 before leaving with an injury and Nikola Mirotic netted 11.