LONDON (Euroleague) - Real Madrid trailed Barcelona by nine points in the fourth quarter on Friday night but battled back to reach the Final of Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
Captain Felipe Reyes came off the bench and scored a team-high 17 points and also added a combative presence in the paint as Real won 74-67.
Next up is a title showdown on Sunday with defending champions Olympiacos.
The Greek giants hammered CSKA Moscow in Friday's first Semi-Final, 69-52, with Kyle Hines and Pero Antic pouring in 13 points apiece.
In the North Greenwich Arena where last summer's Olympic Games were staged, Olympiacos rode a strong defensive effort to a comprehensive victory.
Georgios Bartzokas, put in charge of the Reds after Dusan Ivkovic's decision not to continue following last season's title-winning campaign, pulled all the right strings.
His team showed patience on offense, tenacity on defense and a relentless approach on the boards.
They won the rebounding battle, 41-29.
"The shooting percentages are not always high in a game like this but in the end the defense won the game," Barzokas said.
"The players played for each other and played together, psychologically and tactically."
Bartzokas paid tribute to the Olympiacos fans who travelled to London.
"I would really like to thank our fans," he said.
"In these difficult times in Europe financially, they paid a lot of money to be here."
Italian coach Ettore Messina, back at the helm of a CSKA side he twice led to Euroleague title-wins in a previous stint, watched the Greeks dominate in all facets of the game.
"They overwhelmed us with their physicality and their aggressiveness,"
The second Semi-Final, an 'El Clasico' between two of Spain's most successful teams, was a much tighter affair.
Barcelona, with Croatian center Ante Tomic wreaking havoc against his former team, had the better start but Real struck back in the second quarter.
The momentum changed following the insertion of Real point guard Sergio Rodriguez, with Pablo Laso's team taking a 39-33 lead to half-time.
Rodriguez finished the game with 12 points and nine assists.
Instead of pressing home the advantage, though, Real allowed Barca to move into the ascendency with Marcelinho Huertas, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Joe Ingles all making big plays.
Brazil international Huertas had a game-high 19 points and Tomic 18.
Xavier Pascual's team looked as if it might survive without the interior presence of Nathan Jawaii, who couldn't play many minutes due to injury.
But Reyes brought a spark to Real on both ends of the floor in the fourth quarter in one of his finest-ever games as a player at the club.
Sergio Llull also finished with 13 points for Real.