Playoffs, Game 1: Partizan rules wild opening night
It did not take long at all for the Quarterfinal Playoffs to send shivers of emotion through the crowds in some major cities on Tuesday . Opening night ended up being everything any fan could have hoped for, with one of the most dramatic comebacks in playoffs history as a highlight, but another pair of squeak-through victories by home teams building tension for the rest of their series. The big story, without doubt, was Partizan over Maccabi Electra 77-85 in Tel Aviv after rallying from 21 points behind. Dusan Kecman was unconscious for Partizan, hitting 7 three-pointers among his 29 points to give his team homecourt advantage in the series. Partizan succeeded where a couple other visitors had to be happy with just scaring their hosts a lot. Instead, hanging on for dear life to victory was Olympiacos, an 83-79 survivor against Prokom as Linas Kleiza piled up 26 points and Milos Teodosic 21. Likewise, after trailing at home in the second half, Barcelona outlasted Madrid 68-61 thanks to late back-to-back triples that were part of Pete Mickeal's 18-point outing. Only one home team won easily, and that was CSKA, with a dominant 86-63 decision over Caja Laboral as Andrey Vorontsevich led five double-digits scorers with 15 points. Game 2 in each series is on Thursday in the same city as the openers, so be sure to follow the action right here on Euroleague.net!