2020-21Regular SeasonRound 13
December 11, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

CSKA beats Khimki on career night for James

In a legendary chapter of the Leningradka Derby, CSKA Moscow stayed unstoppable by downing Khimki Moscow Region 87-96 at Arena Mytishchi on Friday. CSKA grabbed its eighth consecutive win to improve to 10-3 in the standings. Meanwhile, Khimki dropped to 2-10 and is now on a four-game losing streak. Mike James paced the winners with career highs of 36 points and 10 assists. Darrun Hilliard added 15 points, Nikola Milutinov had 11 and 11 rebounds while Joel Bolomboy got 10 points for CSKA. Alexey Shved led Khimki with 26 points. Jonas Jerebko added 16, Jordan Mickey 11 and Greg Monroe 10. CSKA led from start to finish and an unstoppable James made sure his team went back home with a huge win.

Hilliard got CSKA going with 7 points, including a three-pointer and a layup, in a 0-9 opening run that made Khimki call timeout. Janis Timma and Shved each struck from downtown but Milutinov and Toko Shengelia kept CSKA fully in charge, 8-16. Shved downed a jumper and Jerebko and Monroe each added three-point plays to make it 16-19. Jerebko and Sergey Monia each hit from the arc before Johannes Voigtmann's bank shot let CSKA lead 22-25 after 10 minutes. James followed a triple with a sensational four-point play, getting help from Bolomboy to make it a double-digit game, 25-36, early in the second quarter. Will Clyburn scored from deep and Bolomboy dunked again to break the game open, 27-41. Jerebko followed a corner triple with a layup before Shved and Mickey each struck hit triples as Khimki crept closer, 41-47. James sank his fourth triple and fed Milutinov for a dunk, however, boosting CSKA to a 43-52 advantage at halftime. Hilliard followed a jumper with a three-pointer soon after the break. Mickey scored twice down low but Hilliard and Milutinov kept CSKA way ahead, 47-62. Mickey kept pacing Khimki, then Errick McCollum and Jerebko got their team within 56-64. James buried a step-back jumper and Voigtmann dunked in a 0-9 run that Alexander Khomenko capped with a layup. Shved and Jerebko nailed back-to-back three-pointers, then Monroe and Timma brought Khimki within 69-77 after 30 minutes. Monia downed a triple early in the fourth quarter. Bolomboy answered with an alley-oop dunk and Milutinov followed with another for a 74-82 CSKA lead. Shved rescued Khimki with a three-point play that James quickly erased with a bomb from downtown. McCollum and Monia gave Khimki hope at 82-88, with 3 minutes left, but James fed Milutinov for a dunk that sealed the outcome, 82-93, in the next-to-last minute.

Pivotal performer

James had an unbelievable performance, finishing the game with 36 points while making 4 of 7 two-point shots, 6 of 7 three-pointers and 10 of 12 free throws. He added 10 assists, 9 rebounds and 8 fouls drawn for a PIR of 51, tying the sixth-best mark in competition history. Only Shane Larkin, with 53 last season, has had a higher PIR in a EuroLeague game in more than 15 years. James set new CSKA club records in points and PIR.

Game-changing moment

A three-point play by Shved brought Khimki within 77-82 midway through the fourth quarter. James struck from beyond the arc, hit free throws and assisted Milutinov on a dunk that made it 82-93, sealing the outcome with 2 minutes left.

Stellar stat

CSKA outrebounded Khimki by 36-43 by pulling down 17 offensive boards to tie its season-best mark. It had previously pulled 17 offensive boards against FC Bayern Munich on November 19. Khimki struggled from the foul line, hitting just 18-of-29 free throws (62.1%)

Did you know?

James was one rebound away from recording the competition's fourth-ever triple-double. Nikola Vujcic did it twice while playing for Maccabi; with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against Arka Gdynia on November 3, 2005; and then a little more than a year later against Union Olimpija with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on November 30, 2006. Nick Calathes was the last one to do it with Panathinaikos OPAP Athens against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 11 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds on April 4, 2019. James actually had the 10th rebound in his hands in the closing seconds, but a foul was called on the play, making his a near-triple-double effort.

Next game

Both teams return to early next week as CSKA hosts Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Tuesday, in Round 14 in a rematch of the 2019 EuroLeague Championship Game. Khimki visits FC Barcelona on Wednesday, December 16 looking for its first win ever at Palau Blaugrana.

Mike James - CSKA Moscow - EB20
Friday, December 11, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL; MOGULKOC, EMIN; THEPENIER, HUGUES
Attendance: 0
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Khimki Moscow Region22212618
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Khimki Moscow Region22436987
CSKA Moscow25527796
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 38:37 26 7/8 3/11 3/3   3 3 6 1 6 1   3 3 22
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 22:28 7 2/7 0/2 3/5 4 3 7 5 2 1 1   4 2 10
6 TIMMA, JANIS 29:09 5 0/2 1/4 2/4 1 3 4   1   2 1 3 5 6
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 2:37               2         1   1
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 11:34 9   3/5         1         3   5
15 MONROE, GREG 22:44 10 2/4   6/9 5 3 8 1 1 3     1 6 17
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 25:21 2 1/3       3 3 3 1 2     3 1 3
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 8:24 1 0/2   1/2   1 1 3   1     1 1 1
33 JEREBKO, JONAS 21:41 16 2/4 3/3 3/4 1 1 2 1     1   2 2 17
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 MICKEY, JORDAN 17:25 11 4/5 1/3 0/2 1 5 6     2 2 1 4 2 9
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 87 18/35 11/28 18/29 12 24 36 22 6 16 7 2 25 22 92
        51.4% 39.3% 62.1%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL 11:12 10 5/6     3   3         1 1   10
4 KHOMENKO, ALEXANDER 7:37 4 1/2   2/2 1   1     1   1 1 2 3
5 JAMES, MIKE 32:40 36 4/7 6/7 10/12 1 8 9 10 1 3   1 3 8 51
6 HILLIARD, DARRUN 32:07 15 3/7 2/7 3/3 1 4 5 2 1 2   1 3 2 10
7 UKHOV, IVAN 7:36     0/2     1 1           3   -4
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 0:07                              
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 19:23 4 2/3   0/1 1 2 3 1 2 2       1 7
21 CLYBURN, WILL 25:37 9 1/6 1/5 4/6   3 3     4   2 5 5 -5
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 19:16 5 2/6 0/1 1/1 2 2 4   2 2     4 4 4
33 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 28:41 11 4/7   3/5 6 5 11 4 2   1 1 2 3 24
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 15:44 2 1/1 0/1           1   1       3
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 96 23/45 9/23 23/30 17 26 43 17 9 14 2 7 22 25 106
        51.1% 39.1% 76.7%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"First, I want to congratulate the CSKA team on a good game. They were fighting all 40 minutes with concentration. They started leading from the very beginning till the end. As for our team, we gave a lot of effort and energy but some decisions were not right. First, we let them grab 17 boards under our hoop. Then we made 16 turnovers, and I think it's impossible to win with these numbers. I don't even speak about 11 missed free throws. These numbers speak about the whole game. Other things were not bad. The guys tried to come back and we were close to getting back, but at that time we made some turnovers. Then the game was done."
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"Definitely, I think we outrebounded them and hustled. We managed, pretty much. We had some similarities – we were dominant and controlled the first half but then in the third quarter Khimki was coming, playing strong and more physical. We showed that we desperately wanted to win this game. We had ups and downs. I think we turned the ball over too much. With all due respect to their defense, we turned over the ball, we just gave them the ball too many times, too easy. Outstanding performance, definitely, from Mike; he didn't have a triple-double for one rebound. He had 8 defensive rebounds in the first half and after he rebounded one more time, so I am going to go on him, because he relaxed on that and didn't rebound a 10th time. It is time to point the light on everybody else. It is pointless to say it: Mike James had an amazing performance and he is such a great player, for sure. But I think that the others supported him very well because we had to keep the plan and change it a little bit during the game because Khimki is a hell of an offensive team. They can really come back. You see that we had plus 17 and they came back in three minutes, just like that. They hit big shots and moved the ball well, and we kind of relaxed over there. I give credit to each and everyone. Definitely, Mike had an outstanding performance."

Players

JAMES, MIKE
CSKA Moscow
"We are in a good mood right now. We are playing well together and we got a little streak going. So I think we played well today, played some defense, shared the ball really well, and I made some shots. I got some shots to go. [Daniel Hackett] was out tonight so I knew I had to be a little bit more aggressive. I just tried to be more aggressive and things went well."
MILUTINOV, NIKOLA
CSKA Moscow
"It is an amazing victory for us tonight. I think we really played good. We had some ups and downs but overall, we were good. Mike was amazing tonight, maybe one of the best games from one player that I ever saw in my life, so congrats to him. But also the other guys really tried, fought, hustled, and we deserved to win tonight. I think that not just me, but everybody hustled for rebounds tonight. We went out with this fighting spirit and all of our players fought hard to win this game."
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