Panathinaikos Athens made its first Turkish Airlines Euroleague game ever in Nicosia, Cyprus one to remember on Friday by tying one competition record and threatening another in a 95-74 victory over visiting Laboral Kutxa Vitoria. Its 31 assists tied Panathinaikos with the iconic Maccabi Tel Aviv team of 2003-04, which held the record for having dished the same amount twice: once in the regular season, against Panathinaikos, and again in the Euroleague title game against Skipper Bologna. On Friday, the Greens got 9 assists from Dimitris Diamantidis, who already ranks second all-time individually in the competition, behind only Theo Papaloukas. Roko Ukic added 5 assists and Ramel Curry 4 for the Greens, who had been tied for second with two other clubs on 30 assists before Friday.
The Greens also made 18 three-point shots in the game. That ties for the second-most in competition history after Montepaschi Siena set the record early last season with 19 on the road against Asseco Prokom Gdynia. The other two teams to land 18 triples previously were CSKA Moscow in 2008 and Virtus Rome in 2003. Michael Bramos led the Panathinaikos shooting show by making 7 of 11 shots from downtown, the most in the competition since his own 7-for-9 performance almost a year ago in a road win against Mapooro Cantu. Its 18 three-pointers was another club record for Panathinaikos in Euroleague competition.
Panathinaikos was playing its first home game of the season at Thasos Papadopoulos "Eleftheria" in Nicosia as the result of a Euroleague disciplinary sanction for violations of competition rules and by-laws at the end of last season.