The 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season enters Round 3 with plenty of great games to offer. Seven teams are undefeated after two games and seven others are looking for their first wins. Six games will be played on Thursday, followed by six more on Friday. Get ready for some exciting showdowns and of course, a lot of action, as the regular season keeps going strong!
In the opening game of Round 3, Unics Kazan blew past Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 85-62
, claiming its first victory of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. The hosts dominated the second half, doing the majority of the damage in a 16-2 third-quarter run, before closing the game out with 19 unanswered points in the fourth. D’Or Fischer led a balanced Unics attack that featured six scorers in double figures with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 9 rebounds. In a big battle between two classic Euroleague teams that went down to the final seconds, Zalgiris Kaunas edged Anadolu Efes Istanbul 62-65
on the road. Both teams are now tied with 2-1 records. Edgaras Ulanovas paced the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds, including the game-sealing free throws with 12.2 seconds left. Nenad Krstic led Efes with 22 points. Real Madrid routed Nizhny Novgorod 112-83
and set a Euroleague record in the process with 33 assists. The victory bumped Madrid’s record to 3-0 and gave it sole possession of first place in Group A. It was also the most points scored by a team in a Euroleague game in nearly seven years. Jaycee Carroll led the way, scoring 25 of his career-high 32 points in the first half. He finished the game shooting 7 for 9 from three-point range and with a career-high performance index rating of 37.
Brian Randle paced five scorers in double figures for the reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion as Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv blasted ALBA Berlin 69-84
in the Game of the Week. Randle scored 25 points against his old team, while Devin Smith netted 16 and Jeremy Pargo had 15 points and 10 assists. Maccabi pulled away for good with a 0-17 surge in the second quarter. Reggie Redding led the way for ALBA with 15 points. Two teams with different momentums so far, Cedevita Zagreb (0-2) and CSKA Moscow (2-0), meet in the Croatian capital on Friday in their first official game ever. Cedevita is 1-2 against Russian teams at home while CSKA is 5-4 in Croatia since the country became independent in the early 1990s. Unicaja Malaga (2-0) hosts Limoges CSP (1-1) in a rematch of the 2000 Korac Cup finals on Friday. Limoges downed Unicaja on points differential to lift the trophy, led by Marcus Brown, who would eventually join Unicaja, helping it win the Spanish League title and reach the 2007 Euroleague Final Four. This will be their first Euroleague meeting ever.
In a historic night in competition history, Panathinaikos Athens pounded Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 91-73
. Dimitris Diamantidis became the first player to reach 1,000 career assists on the first play of the game; he finished the game with 10 assists, which is 1 short of his career best. A.J. Slaughter added 23 points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting to lead a long-range attack that tied a club record with 18 three-pointers. FC Bayern Munich (1-1) goes against EA7 Emporio Armani Milan (0-2) on Friday, in an important game to reach the Top 16 in this competitive group. It will be Milan's first visit to Munich. Bayern has a 2-0 home record against Italian teams. Milan is 5-2 when playing in Germany. FC Barcelona (2-0) welcomes PGE Turow Zgorzelec (0-2) on Friday, as both teams face each other for the first time. Barcelona is 7-1 at home against Polish teams, its only loss coming against KS Polonia back in 1960. It will be Turow's first game in Spain since 2009.
In the group’s lone Thursday game, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade beat Valencia Basket 76-63
at Kombank Arena. Boban Marjanovic led the way with 16 points plus 8 rebounds, while Marcus Williams added 14 points and 8 assists. Zvezda held a small lead at halftime, but extended it to 25 in the third quarter and never looked back. The loss kept Valencia winless. Fresh off its first-ever Euroleague win, Neptunas Klaipeda (1-1) faces a big challenge by hosting Olympiacos Piraeus (2-0) on Friday. Neptunas only hosted a Greek team once before, losing 78-86 against Panionios Athens last season. Olympiacos is 5-3 in Lithuania but has won its last four showdowns in that country. Also on Friday, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (1-1) takes on Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul (1-1) in a very interesting showdown. Galatasaray star guard Carlos Arroyo and forward Vladimir Micov play against the team for which both players made their Euroleague debuts.
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