Matthew Lojeski - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB13
Matthew Lojeski - Olympiacos Piraeus
Andrey Vorontsevich - CSKA Moscow - EB13
Andrey Vorontsevich - CSKA Moscow
Tyrese Rice - Maccabi Electra - EB13
Tyrese Rice - Maccabi Electra
Top 16 Round 4: the thrills continue!

If you like basketball, you loved Round 4 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16! Five games were decided late – including one of the greatest game-winning shots of all time – the Bosphorus buzzer-beater! Two players reached incredible milestones – 1,000 career rebounds! Another set a club record. And the list goes on and on… In the end, two teams remained unbeaten in this phase, but both face stern tests in Top 16 Round 5. The action never stops!

Group E: After dominating early, Fenerbahce Ulker held on late to edge Panathinaikos Athens 77-72 for the club’s first Top 16 victory. Linas Kleiza made a pair of big shots in the final minute to help seal the win for Coach Zeljko Obradovic's side, which handed Panathinaikos its first Top 16 loss. It was all Fenerbahce until Loukas Mavrokefalidis rallied Panathinaikos in the third quarter. A thrilling finish featured four lead changes and three ties in the final six minutes until Kleiza put the game away. Bojan Bogdanovic paced the winners with 15 points. In an all-Spanish League showdown, FC Barcelona downded Unicaja Malaga 83-79 at home. Barcelona improved to 4-0 with its 16th consecutive Top 16 victory. Bostjan Nachbar paced the winners with 13 points, including a decisive three in the final minute, while Juan Carlos Navarro and Kostas Papanikolaou added 12 points apiece. Unicaja’s Carlos Suarez struck three times from downtown and got plenty of help from Jayson Granger for a 61-68 Unicaja lead late in the third quarter, however Juan Carlos Navarro had 8 points in a mammoth 18-2 run that Nachbar capped with a triple to fuel Barcelona to victory. In one of the greatest finishes in professional basketball history, Zoran Planinic banked in a three-quarter court prayer as time expired to lift Anadolu Efes Istanbul to a 61-60 victory over EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Friday night at Abdi Ipekci Arena. The visitors led most of the game before Dusko Savanovic scored 9 points in 17-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarter. However Milan rallied late and appeared to have the game in its pocket, but Planinic had other ideas. Savanovic finished with 13 points and 6 boards for Efes. Kerem Gonlum made history with his 1,000th career rebound in the second quarter and finished with 8 offensive boards, which is second most in club history. Olympiacos Piraeus cruised to a 70-89 road win at Laboral Kutxa Vitoria. The two-time champs hit 9 three-pointers on 13 attempts in building a 38-59 halftime lead. The 59 first half points is second-most in Top 16 history only to Maccabi Electra’s 61 from last season. A 0-11 run at the start of the second put Olympiacos up 40-70, and there was no coming back for the hosts. Matt Lojeski scored 16 of his 17 points in the first half, and Vassilis Spanoulis finished with 13 points and 7 assists as the Reds snapped a two-game slide.

Group F: The Euroleague's second-longest unbeaten streak this century is over after CSKA Moscow turned back visiting Real Madrid 85-71 in the Game of the Week. Both teams now have 3-1 records in Group F. CSKA worked 40 minutes to hold Madrid 19 points below its season-long scoring average of 90 points. Nenad Krstic led the winners with 18 points, while surprise starter Andrey Vorontsevich and Vladimir Micov added 14 points each and Victor Khryapa dished 9 assists. Vorontsevich paced the hosts to a 23-8 start that ballooned to 37-18 in the second quarter, but Madrid came back to within 58-55 near the end of the third, but could not get closer. An individual highlight for Madrid was center Ioannis Bourousis grabbing his 1,000th career rebound – only five players before him this century had done so – on the offensive glass in the first half. The end of Madrid's 13 wins in a row to start the season leaves CSKA's 17 in a row back in the 2004-05 season as the still-standing record. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv stormed to a blowout 88-67 home win over Partizan Belgrade before a giddy sellout crowd of 11,000 at Nokia Arena. Madrid’s loss opened the door to first place and Maccabi stepped right through with its eighth consecutive victory and 12th in the last 13 games. From a 10-9 scoreboard late in the first quarter, Maccabi went on a 13-minute, 37-10 blast into halftime and never looked back on the way to beating Partizan. Alex Tyus came off the bench with 16 points on perfect 8-for-8 two-point shooting and 9 rebounds for Maccabi. Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul held off FC Bayern Munich 66-72 for its first Top 16 win. The visitors took the lead from the get-go, racing to 13-25 margin after only seven minutes in front of large contingent of their fans in Munich’s Audi Dome. Carlos Arroyo netted 21 points and Zoran Erceg collected 19 points plus 10 rebounds for Galatasaray. In Group F's only Friday game, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar rallied past Zalgiris Kaunas 80-75. Krunoslav Simon paced the winners with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Justin Dentmon dished 11 assists to break Zalgiris's Euroleague club record, which previously belonged to Ed Cota (10). Zalgiris still led 67-75 with four minutes left but Sergey Bykov and Valeriy Likhodey fueled a final 13-0 run that allowed Lokomotiv to win the game down the stretch.

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TOP 16, Round 4: January 23-24, 2014
GROUP E
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Fenerbahce Ulker vs. Panathinaikos Athens
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FC Barcelona vs. Unicaja Malaga
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Anadolu Efes vs. EA7 Emporio Armani
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Laboral Kutxa vs. Olympiacos Piraeus
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GROUP F
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CSKA Moscow vs. Real Madrid
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv vs. Partizan NIS
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FC Bayern Munich vs. Galatasaray Liv Hospital
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Lokomotiv Kuban vs. Zalgiris Kaunas
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LEADERS TOP 16, ROUND 4
RANKING
Simon, K. 35.0
Tyus, A. 26.0
Krstic, N. 25.0
Maric, A. 23.0
Dentmon, J. 23.0
POINTS
Arroyo, C. 21.0
Simon, K. 21.0
Rodriguez, S. 19.0
Erceg, Z. 19.0
Langford, K. 18.0
TOTAL REBOUNDS
Gonlum, K. 14.0
Gist, J. 10.0
Idbihi, Y. 10.0
Erceg, Z. 10.0
Tyus, A. 9.0
ASSISTS
Dentmon, J. 11.0
Khryapa, V. 9.0
Simon, K. 8.0
Diamantidis, D. 8.0
Kalnietis, M. 7.0
STANDINGS TOP 16
GROUP E
FC Barcelona
4-0, +35
Panathinaikos Athens
3-1, +33
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2-2, +20
Unicaja Malaga
2-2, -2
Olympiacos Piraeus
2-2, -7
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
1-3, -20
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
1-3, -25
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
1-3, -34
GROUP F
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
4-0, +46
CSKA Moscow
3-1, +35
Real Madrid
3-1, +31
FC Bayern Munich
2-2, -6
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
2-2, -11
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
1-3, -6
Partizan NIS Belgrade
1-3, -42
Zalgiris Kaunas
0-4, -47