2017-18Regular SeasonRound 7
November 14, 2017 CET: 20:15
Local time: 21:15 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Denmon sinks seven triples as Panathinaikos routs Khimki

Khimki Moscow Region lost its share of top spot by suffering a crushing 93-65 loss at dominant Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens, which secured a second successive win for the first time this season. Marcus Denmon’s long-range shooting and iron-fisted defense gave the home team an early double-digit lead which never looked likely to be troubled. Khimmi didn’t help its own cause by only converting 2 of its first 10 free throws, and the Russian team finished up well beaten across the board. Denmon’s seven three-pointers took him to a total of 24 points as Panathinaikos converted 17 of 27 attempts from long-range, the most for any team since March 2015. Nick Calathes led the offense with 11 points and 11 assists, while James Gist added 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Matt Lojeski scored 10. Only Alexey Shved reached double figures for Khimki with 17 points.

An early 11-2 run featuring 5 points from Thanasis Antetokounmpo moved Panathinaikos ahead, and then Denmon took charge by draining three triples in less than two minutes, stretching the lead to 22-8 as the visitors committed 5 turnovers in the first six minutes. Denmon started the second quarter with another three-point conversion before Khimki briefly rallied with a 1-6 run, but that flurry didn’t last for long as the hosts finished the first half on a 11-1 tear. The action was summed up in the final seconds before the break when Shved turned the ball over in the face of Panathinaikos’s defensive pressure and Calathes raced clear to beat the buzzer with an easy lay-up, making it 46-27 at half-time.

A pair of three-pointers from Chris Singleton and a smooth floater from Calathes extended the lead to 25 points early in the second half, before Denmon again connected from downtown. Shved scored 6 in a 2-11 run as Khimki lifted their game, but the hosts’ advantage never dipped below 17 as Panathinaikos made enough free throws to keep the offense moving. Lojeski’s easy lay-up made it 76-49 early in the fourth quarter, but the persistent Shved scored 7 straight to make the scoreline more respectable. Three-pointers from KC Rivers and Lojeski stretched the advantage beyond 20 again, before Denmon returned from the bench and promptly nailed his seventh triple. Kenny Gabriel joined the party with another pair of three-pointers, completing both the scoring and an outstanding night for the Greens.

Marcus Denmon - Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens - EB17
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), PERUGA, CARLOS (ESP), SILVA, SERGIO (POR)
Attendance: 9315
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Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens26202621
Khimki Moscow Region16112216
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Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens26467293
Khimki Moscow Region16274965
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SINGLETON, CHRIS 28:20 6   2/4     2 2 3   1     3 2 7
3 RIVERS, K.C. 16:18 5 1/2 1/2     4 4 1   1     1   6
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 11:20 3   1/2     2 2     3     1 2 2
12 DENMON, MARCUS 20:43 24 1/3 7/9 1/2       3 1 1     3 2 21
14 GIST, JAMES 30:16 12 2/4 1/1 5/6 1 5 6 2 2   1 1 1 5 23
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 5:55 7 1/2   5/6 1 2 3 1         3 4 10
19 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 11:52   0/3 0/1     2 2 1   1   1 3 2 -4
22 GABRIEL, KENNY 11:09 6   2/3                   3   2
23 AUGUSTE, ZACH 3:06                              
24 LOJESKI, MATT 22:53 10 2/3 2/3   2 2 4   1 1   1     11
33 CALATHES, NICK 26:23 11 5/9   1/2   4 4 11 1 2 1 1 2 2 20
43 ANTETOKOUNMPO, THANASIS 11:45 9 3/3 1/2   1 4 5     1     3 2 11
Team           3 4 7     2         5
Totals 200:00 93 15/29 17/27 12/16 8 31 39 22 5 13 2 4 23 21 114
        51.7% 63% 75%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 ROBINSON, THOMAS 19:52 8 3/11   2/8 6 4 10       1   4 4 5
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 31:35 17 5/11 2/8 1/1   1 1 4 1 2   2   7 14
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR 8:05     0/1                   1 1 -1
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 5:37                   1     1   -2
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 25:16 2 1/1 0/1   1 1 2 5 3       3 1 9
10 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 16:08 6 0/2 2/3   1   1 2   1 1   2   4
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO 4:44 4 1/2   2/2 1 1 2           2 3 6
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 17:07 9 4/7 0/3 1/4   1 1     1     1 3 2
21 ANDERSON, JAMES 26:43 9 3/4 1/2 0/1   4 4 1 1 2     2 1 9
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 22:44 8 3/4 0/1 2/2   1 1 1 1 1 1   4 1 6
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 22:09 2 1/2 0/2   1 5 6     1 1   1 2 6
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 65 21/44 5/21 8/18 11 18 29 13 6 9 4 2 21 23 59
        47.7% 23.8% 44.4%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
“It was mainly about defense. We did well from the beginning and after that we found way on offense, and it was our best game so far this season. All the players did an excellent job. Now we have to recover because in 48 hours we play another difficult game against an Efes team who won tonight in Tel Aviv.”
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Khimki Moscow Region
“Obviously, today it wasn't a game. It's better to say that it was one team on the court. We disappeared from the beginning, in every part of the game — rebounding, execution on offense, patience on offense. We made 3 of our 11 free throws in the first half. I can count more than 10 times when we missed a layup under the basket. What happened, it was normal, you know, because Panathinaikos made more than 60 percent for threes. We knew they were gonna play with confidence and needed to be ready, but we were not. So it's my responsibility. I had to prepare our team better for this kind of physical game that Panathinaikos showed up to play. It's also my responsibility to keep our heads up and prepare the next game now because in two days we play again. You know, this is a process. Sometimes it's painful to play against experienced teams. Teams like Panathinaikos know how to handle these kinds of games. As I said, this is our job after two days to play again. Congratulations to Panathinaikos on a great game.”

Players

RIVERS, K.C.
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
“We knew Khimki are a very transitional team with dynamic scorers who we wanted to limit, and our defense was pretty solid for 40 minutes and we played great team basketball. Marcus Denmon played great, shooting the ball and having his career high in EuroLeague. It’s a great start for him.”
DENMON, MARCUS
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
“We came out early with energy and set the tone at home. Our defense held them to 20-something points in the first half, and that was the key. I’m continuing to work and wait for my opportunity. Tonight I was able to make some baskets for my team to be able to win.”
ANDERSON, JAMES
Khimki Moscow Region
“It was one of those games. We didn’t stick to the game plan. We play Maccabi on Thursday so we’ve got to put this game behind us. It’s always tough to play here, but the guys have to be ready to come out and perform in front of a great home crowd. The way the league is, anybody can beat you on any given day but we need to come out and compete.”