2018-19Regular SeasonRound 9
November 23, 2018 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Shved's double-double takes Khimki past Zalgiris

Khimki Moscow Region recorded its second consecutive win and swept the double-round week by edging Zalgiris Kaunas 83-84 in Lithuania on Friday. Both teams now have 3-6 records in the standings. Zalgiris is 0-5 at home. Alexey Shved led the winners with 25 points and 10 assists. Jordan Mickey added 20 points while Stefan Markovic had 13 for Khimki. Brandon Davies led Zalgiris with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Marius Grigonis added 13 points while Aaron White and Nate Wolters each had 12 for the hosts.

Nate Wolters and White shined early to give Zalgiris a 6-2 lead. Malcolm Thomas stepped up for Khimki but Davies and White kept Zalgiris way ahead, 15-8. Mickey took over with a reverse layup, a dunk and a couple of close baskets get Khimki within 22-16. Antanas Kavaliauskas scored down low and Derrick Walton Jr. added free throws for a 26-19 Zalgiris lead after 10 minutes. A three-pointer by Grigonis made it a double-digit game, 29-19. Egor Vialtsev struck from downtown, and he got help from Markovic and Mickey to give Khimki hope at 35-27. Shved followed a triple with a layup-plus-free throw, but an outstanding Davies made a couple of put-back baskets that helped Zalgiris keep a 39-37 edge at halftime. Grigonis and Egaras Ulanovas scored after the break but Shved hit 5 of 5 free throws and buried a huge catch-and-shoot triple to complete Khimki's comeback, 45-47. Grigonis kept pacing Zalgiris but Anthony Gill and Tony Crocker boosted the guests' margin to 50-55. Davies and Wolters brought Zalgiris within 57-58 after 30 minutes. Markovic followed a three-pointer with a fastbreak layup to give the guests a 63-67 edge with 6 minutes left. Shved found Alexey Zubkov for a triple, hit a jumper and added a layup that made it a six-point game, 68-74. Free throws by Davies got Zalgiris within 76-79 with 1:17 left. Mickey hit 3-of-5 free throws while Davies, White and Wolters made 5 of 6 for an 81-84 score with 5.7 seconds left. Milaknis had a chance to force overtime but his three-pointer rimmed out and resulted in Davies making a harmless tip-in ahead of the final buzzer.

Pivotal performer

Shved had 17 of his 25 points in the second half, dished 10 assists, collected 4 steals, had a block and drew 7 fouls. It was a true all-around game for Khimki's playmaker, who finished the game with a PIR of 32.

Game-changing moment

Shved took over in crunch time, finding Zubkov for a bomb from downtown and scoring 7 quick points, including a nine-meter triple from the top of the key that gave Khimki a 74-79 edge in the next-to-last minute. Zalgiris had chances until the end but Khimki would not have won without Shved's magic minutes late in the fourth quarter.

Stellar stat

Khimki dominated all the hustle stats, collecting 12 steals and 5 blocks. Those 12 steals are a season-high for Khimki and ties the best mark in the competition this season. Zalgiris and AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan already had that many steals in a game this season.

Did you notice?

Khimki finished the game with 35 fouls committed. It was the highest total in the EuroLeague this season and the most by a team in a regular season game in almost a decade since Partizan Belgrade had 38 against AJ Milano on December 17, 2008.

Next game:

Both teams return for Round 10 action next week. Zalgiris, still looking for its first home win, hosts AX Armani Jeans Olimpia Milan on Thursday. A day later, Khimki welcomes Panathinaikos OPAP Athens.

Alexey Shved - Khimki Moscow Region - EB18
Friday, November 23, 2018
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Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR; PATERNICO, CARMELO; ALIAGA, JORDI
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Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DAVIES, BRANDON 28:43 23 4/6   15/18 6 7 13 3 1 3   1 4 12 39
1 WALTON JR, DERRICK 10:47 5   1/1 2/2   1 1 1   1       2 8
3 WOLTERS, NATE 24:44 12 5/11   2/4   3 3 2 1 2     2 2 8
7 WALKUP, THOMAS 10:23   0/1           1 1     1 2 1 -1
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 11:29 1 0/1 0/2 1/2   1 1     2   1 1 2 -4
17 BIRUTIS, LAURYNAS 4:20 2     2/2   3 3     2     1 1 3
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 24:21 3   1/5 0/1       1   2     2 2 -3
30 WHITE, AARON 29:56 12 3/8 1/2 3/4 3 6 9         2 4 4 12
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS 24:44 13 1/4 1/2 8/8 1 1 2 2 2 3     3 5 14
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 11:03 6 3/4       1 1     2     3 1 2
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 19:30 6 2/2   2/3   2 2 1   3     3 2 4
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 83 18/37 4/12 35/44 12 26 38 11 5 21 0 5 25 34 84
        48.6% 33.3% 79.5%
Head coach: JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
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
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 35:40 25 5/8 3/10 6/7   2 2 10 4 2 1   4 7 32
3 BOST, DEE 15:25   0/1 0/2   1 1 2 2 1 1     3 1 -1
5 CROCKER, TONY 20:59 3   1/3     2 2 1 1 2     4 1  
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR 3:12 3   1/2                   2 1 1
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 25:05 13 1/2 3/6 2/3   2 2 3 1 2     5 1 8
12 MONIA, SERGEY 7:57 3   1/1   2   2   1 1     2 1 4
13 GILL, ANTHONY 19:20 8 2/4 0/2 4/6   1 1 1   1 2   4 3 4
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 12:13 3 0/1 1/2                   2 1  
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 20:09     0/1   1 2 3 2 1       3 2 4
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 15:12 6 2/3   2/2 1 2 3   1 1     3 1 6
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 24:48 20 6/10 0/1 8/12 3 4 7 2 2 2 2   3 6 25
Team           2 4 6     2         4
Totals 200:00 84 16/29 10/30 22/30 10 20 30 21 12 14 5 0 35 25 87
        55.2% 33.3% 73.3%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Congratulations to Khimki and their coach. It's obviously that their switching defense changed a lot today. We couldn't cope with it. It's real, real difficult to win the game if you have 21 turnovers. This is way too much. And about the 21 turnovers, we made too many not logical decisions."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Khimki Moscow Region

"It was a very important win, especially when we lost two or three games with buzzer-beaters. Today, we were lucky, they missed the shot to go to overtime. I think we controlled the game all the second half, leading the score, and we could have finished earlier if we had some smarter decisions or made some free throws that we missed. Anyway it's a big victory here. It's a difficult environment to win in, so we are happy about this."

"It was a very interesting game, full of intensity, high intensity. Both teams tried hard to win the game and they showed their level of quality. From our side, we controlled the second half, leading the score, and we managed to win this game, which is very important for us. How? Basically, we stopped their creativity with our defense. They had 11 assists and we had 21. This difference in the numbers for us was the main thing, the basic thing to win this game. We could have won easier, but we turned the ball over in transition and Milaknis scored a three. Two times we missed one free throw. And we gave them the opportunity at the end to equalize the score, but Milaknis lost the shot and finally we won. It was one more time that we played a tight game, like we did with Efes and Milan away. The previous two we lost, but today we won, so we are happy and looking forward to the next game."

Players

WHITE, AARON
Zalgiris Kaunas
"I guess in the second quarter, the turnovers kind of started it. They beat us by 5 or 6 in that quarter, and a lot of it was because of our turnovers that they scored in transition. The second half was kind of back and forth. They were switching a lot and we didn't get a ton of the great looks we wanted on offense. On defense, we didn't get the necessary stops at key times. It's a tough loss. I thought that there were a lot of positives in the game but at the same time I thought we could have had a lot better play to win the game."
SHVED, ALEXEY
Khimki Moscow Region
"First of all, it's hard to play here with these fans. It's a full gym every time. They played a great game. You know, we cannot lose every time by one point. We need to win sometimes, too. I'm just happy about this win, and we have a few days off right now to come back and be ready for the next one."