Regular Season, Round 4: Five teams complete perfect weeks
Five teams – Real Madrid, Olympiacos Piraeus, CSKA Moscow, Brose Bamberg and Valencia Basket – celebrated the first two-round week of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season with second wins in Round 4 on Thursday and Friday. Madrid and CSKA won on the road, Valencia tied its biggest victory margin in the competition, 38 points, while joining CSKA, Brose, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens, AX Armani Exchange Milan and Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade as home winners.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 87-84 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade erased a 10-point halftime deficit to remain undefeated at home this season with an 87-84 victory over Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv on Thursday at Kombank Arena, home of the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four. Taylor Rochestie hit what proved to be the game-winner with 15 seconds remaining and DeShaun Thomas, who scored a career-best 28 points, missed a three at the other end that could have revered the result. The result left both teams with 2-2 records. Rochestie finished with 22 points and James Feldeine added 19 points, 8 assists and 4 steals for the victors.
Zalgiris Kaunas 66-87 Real Madrid
Luka Doncic shined again and Real Madrid remained undefeated on the season with a comfortable 66-87 road win at Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday night. Madrid improved to 4-0, while Zalgiris dropped to 2-2 record. Doncic scored 14 of his career-high 28 points in the key third quarter when Madrid pulled away to a 19-point margin and eased to victory. Doncic also had 9 rebounds and 4 assists, accumulating a performance index rating of 35 less than 48 hours after posting a PIR of 41. Facundo Campazzo, Gustavo Ayon and Jeffrey Taylor added 12 points apiece, while Kevin Pangos netted 20 for Zalgiris.
Olympiacos Piraeus 92-75 Khimki Moscow Region
In a battle between undefeated teams, Olympiacos Piraeus grabbed its fourth consecutive win by downing Khimki Moscow Region 92-75 at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday. Nikola Milutinov led the winners with 17 points on 8-of-8 two-point shooting and Georgios Printezis added 15. The Reds broke the game open in the third quarter and never looked back. Alexey Shved led Khimki with 23 points and Thomas Robinson added 19 and 11 rebounds.
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 78-74 FC Barcelona Lassa
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan outlasted FC Barcelona Lassa to gain its first win of the season with a 78-74 triumph at Mediolanum Forum, leaving both teams with 1-3 records. Barcelona was up by 15 after a powerful second quarter charge sparked by Juan Carlos Navarro, but Milan responded quickly to level by halftime, and the hosts surged clear in the fourth quarter. Point guard Jordan Theodore was the standout performer with a game-high 19 points and 7 assists, while big man Kaleb Tarczewski combined 11 points with 8 rebounds.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 80-98 CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow looked very much at home in Turkey on Friday as it cruised to an 80-98 road win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul to sweep the sweep both games of the season's first double-round week in style. CSKA (3-1) matched its century-low turnover total with 3 while forcing Efes (0-4) into 16 as Will Clyburn and Nando De Colo had 20 and 18 points, respectively, the 66 scored by the visitors' bench players.
Brose Bamberg 78-72 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
Brose Bamberg picked up its second win of the week with a deserved 78-72 victory over Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, improving its record to 2-2 while Baskonia remains winless at 0-4. Lucca Staiger’s second quarter triples sent Bamberg ahead and the hosts never trailed from that moment, with Dorell Wright making an ample second half contribution on his debut just days after signing. Wright finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, while Staiger added 12 points in triples and Leon Radosevic shone inside the paint with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 70-68 Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Nikos Pappas hit a game-winning three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left on the clock to lift Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens to a thrilling 70-68 win over the reigning champions Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul on Friday night. It was a fantastic finish to a hard-fought thriller, a rematch of last year’s playoff series, but this time it went Panathinaikos’s way. Both teams hold 2-2 record in the standings after a clash that Fenerbahce led for majority of the night, but Pappas scored last 9 points of his team, a triple, a three-point play, and a game-winning three-pointer, giving the Greens a thrilling win. Pappas finished with 24 points, one shy of his career-high, while Nick Calathes had 12 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Jan Vesely had 15 points to finish as Fenerbahce’s top scorer, while Nicolo Melli and Brad Wanamaker scored 14 apiece.
Valencia Basket 91-53 Unicaja Malaga
In a rematch of last season's 7DAYS EuroCup Finals, Valencia Basket grabbed its third consecutive win in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season by thrashing Unicaja Malaga 91-53 at home on Friday. Valencia improved to 3-1 in the standings while Unicaja dropped to 1-3. Erick Green led the winners with 19 points. Alberto Abalde added 18 on 4-for-4 three-point shooting for Valencia, which led 57-25 at halftime. That was Valencia's biggest halftime difference – and Unicaja's biggest halftime deficit – in their respective histories in the EuroLeague. The 38-point final difference also tied Valencia's biggest margin of victory in the EuroLeague. Adam Waczynski led Unicaja with 15 points.