Teodosic, Khryapa lead CSKA past Zalgiris for ninth straight win
CSKA Moscow remained undefeated in Top 16 Group E by downing Zalgiris Kaunas 73-87 in front of a sellout crowd of 15,799 at Zalgirio Arena on Thursday. CSKA improved to 4-0 in Group E, grabbed its ninth consecutive win in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and held on to a tie for first place with Real Madrid. Zalgiris dropped to 1-3 and registered its second home loss this season. Milos Teodosic paced the winners with 24 points and 5 assists. Vladimir Micov added 20 points and Viktor Khryapa had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks for the winners. Marko Popovic led Zalgiris with 16 points. Tremmell Darden added 12, Oliver Lafayette 11 and Ibby Jaaber 10 for the hosts. Teodosic led CSKA in a 2-9 opening run, but Rimantas Kaukenas and Popovic brought Zalgiris within 15-16 at the end of the first quarter. Popovic kept pushing Zalgiris and a layup by Ksistof Lavrinovic gave the hosts a 22-18 lead. It didn't last long, as Khryapa started to dominate at both ends, getting help from Teodosic and Nenad Krstic to give CSKA a 31-38 margin at halftime. Teodosic and Khryapa led CSKA after the break, as the guests buried 6 third-quarter three-pointers to break the game open, 51-65, after 30 minutes. Nothing changed from that moment, as CSKA kept full control of the game until the final buzzer.
First quarter: Teodosic shines early to put CSKA ahead
Micov got CSKA going with a five-meter jumper and Teodosic sent a behind-the-back assists to Khryapa, who downed a mid-range shot for a 0-4 lead. Kaukenas stepped up with a driving basket for the hosts. Teodosic followed a second-chance triple with an acrobatic basket to boost CSKA's lead to 2-9. Tremmell Darden downed a stop-and-pop jumper that Dionte Christmas improved on with a three-pointer from the corner. Kaukenas pushed Zalgiris with a jump hook and Jaaber hit from downtown to get the crowd involved at 9-11. Sasha Kaun split free throws and a driving layup by Teodosic gave CSKA some fresh air at 9-14. Mario Delas shined with a big block on Nenad Krstic and a two-handed slam. Popovic downed an off-balance shot that Krstic erased with a driving layup. Popovic beat the buzzer with a wild driving basket that ignited the crowd and brought Zalgiris within 15-16 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: CKSA, led by Khryapa, takes over
Oliver Lafayette hit a close shot to give Zalgiris its first lead, 17-16, early in the second quarter. Krstic swished a turnaround jumper that a red-hot Popovic answered from downtown to put the hosts back ahead, 20-18. Ksistof Lavrinovic shined with a put-back layup. Teodosic hit a floating layup, as CSKA tried twin point guards with Aaron Jackson guarding Popovic. Khryapa sank his trademark baseline jumper to tie the game again, 22-22. Jackson took over with a fast break layup that Vytenis Lipkevicius bettered with a triple. Kaun split foul shots. Paulius Jankunas found his first points and a catch-and-shoot three-pointer, but Khryapa restored a 27-28 CSKA lead. Darden nailed a mid-range shot, but an unstoppable Khryapa struck again from downtown. Jankunas scored around the basket before back-to-back jumpers by Krstic and Khryapa gave CSKA a 31-35 margin. Teodosic sank a three-pointer in transition to boost CSKA's lead to 31-38 at halftime.
Third quarter: Three-pointers rain down
Ksistof Lavrinovic scored down low immediately after the break, but Micov matched that with a six-meter jumper. Kaun dunked to cap a 2-12 CSKA run and make it a 9-point game. Ksistof Lavrinovic split free throws, which an unstoppable Khryapa improved on with a three-pointer from the top of the key. Popovic answered from way downtown, but a three-pointer by Teodosic forced Coach Joan Plaza to call timeout at 37-48. Darden tried to change things with free throws, but Teodosic buried another one from beyond the arc and free throws by Micov broke the game open at 39-53. Lafayette stepped up with a basket-plus-foul and exchanged three-pointers with Micov for a 45-56 score. Delas hit a turnaround jumper, as Zalgiris switched back to a 2-3 zone defense. Christmas punished it with a triple, but Lafayette answered in the same way. Micov took over with another corner triple and free throws by Delas and Theo Papaloukas fixed the score at 51-65 after three quarters.
Fourth quarter: CSKA rolls to victory
Teodosic nailed a mid-range jumper early in the fourth quarter and a fast break dunk by Jackson sealed the outcome, 51-69, with over eight minutes to go. Zalgiris kept trying, however, pushed by an incredible crowd. Darden shined with a backdoor slam, as CSKA kpet using long possessions to run the game clock down. Darjus Lavrinovic and Darden free throws to get the hosts a bit closer, 56-69, with six minutes left. Sonny Weems scored down low and another three-pointer by Micov boosted CSKA's lead to 56-74. Zalgiris found a go-to guy in Jaaber, who made free throws, buried a three-pointer and added an acrobatic basket off a steal to force CSKA to call timeout, 64-74, with 3:28 to go. Kaun dunked and by the time Micov shined with a reverse layup, everything was said and done already.
Thursday, January 17, 2013