Regular Season, Round 3: Five teams hang onto unbeaten records!
The first overtime game of the season, another late game winner and two teams getting their first victories highlighted a wild Round 3 of the regular season that also saw a new Euroleague record for team assists and a milestone for individual ones as five teams held onto unbeaten records and two more are now alone atop their groups.
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.
Milos Teodosic sank 4 fourth-quarter three-pointers to lead CSKA Moscow past Cedevita 72-76 at Drazen Petrovic Basketball Center on Friday night. The game was close for three quarters and Cedevita was within 1 early in the fourth when Teodosic heated up. Cedevita rallied late before a key Kyle Hines block sealed the win. Teodosic and Nando De Colo, making his first appearance of the season, led CSKA with 14 points apiece. In the teams' first matchup since the 2000 Korac Cup finals, Unicaja Malaga outlasted Limoges 75-69 to remain unbeaten. Fran Vazquez led the winners with 13 points. Limoges led 38-44 early in the third quarter before Unicaja went on a 23-2 run that broke the game open. 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.
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. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan defeated FC Bayern Munich 74-81 on the road for its first win of this Euroleague campaign. Milan rallied from a 6-point deficit with a 5-18 spurt in the fourth quarter, taking the lead for good before Joe Ragland and Samardo Samuels held off the hosts. Ragland and Daniel Hackett scored 16 apiece in a game that put both teams at 1-2 record. FC Barcelona beat PGE Turow 86-67, as Justin Doellman scored all of his 20 points by halftime, and Alex Abrines added 10 to close the third quarter and improve Barcelona to 3-0 and first place in Group C. Newcomer Turow dropped to 0-3.
A pair of thrillers highlighted Group D. Olympiacos Piraeus edged Neptunas Klaipeda 81-85 after overtime in Lithuania. Former Euroleague MVP Vassilis Spanoulis scored a career-high 34 points, 17 of those in the fourth quarter and overtime. Neptunas rallied from a double-digit deficit to force overtime on a big basket by Donatas Zavackas, 76-76, but Spanoulis carried Olympiacos back home with a win and group-best 3-0 record. In Vitoria, Colton Iverson scored a game-winning layup with 2.9 seconds to go for Laboral Kutxa Vitoria to edge Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 91-90 in come-from-behind fashion. The visitors led 72-80 in the fourth quarter, but a 10-0 run got Laboral back in front, and Iverson’s game winner capped a comeback. Iverson finished with 17 points, Thomas Heurtel also scored 17 and dished 8 assists in victory, while Zoran Erceg netted 24 for Galatasaray. 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.
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