2018-19Regular SeasonRound 20
January 25, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Bayern rallies from 18 down at Khimki

FC Bayern Munich overcame an 18-point deficit to register a 60-71 road win over Khimki Moscow Region on Friday and stay a step ahead of the pack in the playoffs race. Bayern improved to 10-10 on the season to retain seventh place in the standings, while Khimki dropped to 7-13. Derrick Williams led all scorers with 20 points to pace Bayern, which trailed 28-10 after 10 minutes, but used a 0-16 third-quarter run to take the lead for good. Vladimir Lucic scored 15, while all of Nihad Dedovic's 10 points came in the second half. Malcolm Thomas collected 13 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks for Khimki. Jordan Mickey also scored 13 for the hosts, who played under the guidance of head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis for the first time this season.

Khimki scored 8 straight points, including a triple from Andrey Zubkov, to open an 8-2 lead. Williams interrupted the run with a corner three, but Thomas answered from deep among his 7 points in an 11-0 Khimki run. The hosts held Bayern without a field goal in the last 6 minutes of the first quarter as Mickey scored 7 points the lead ballooned to 28-10. Williams ended Bayern's drought with a three-pointer and Petteri Koponen followed suit as Bayern quickly cut the difference to 28-18. Stefan Markovic hit a triple for the hosts, but Williams copied it, converted a three-point play, and dunked to make it 35-28. Tony Crocker's three-point play snapped a 2-8 run, but Braydon Hobbs hit from downtown to help Bayern stay within 40-35 at halftime. Thomas, Charles Jenkins and Zubkov extended Khimki's lead to 9 points soon after the break. Lucic and Danilo Barthel downed consecutive triples to spark a 0-16 run during which Lucic struck again, as did Dedovic, sending the visitors in front by 46-53. Mickey ended Khimki's scoreless drought of almost 6 minutes, but Bayern still took a 50-56 advantage into the fourth quarter. A pair of baskets from Lucic quickly extended the Bayern lead to 50-60, and a triple from Dedovic kept it in double digits. Khimki failed to score a field goal for more than 6 minutes now until Garlon Green raced for a fastbreak dunk. But Dedovic scored 4 more baskets, extending Bayern's advnatage to 57-69 in the next-to-last minute, sealing the deal.

Pivotal performer

Vladimir Lucic scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. He nailed a pair of three-pointers during a key 0-16 third-quarter run. He added an alley-oop dunk and a crafty layup to start the fourth quarter by extending the lead to 10 points, after which Bayern never looked back.

Defensive lockdown

Bayern allowed 28 points in the first quarter, then just 32 the rest of the way. Bayern held Khimki without a field goal for 6 minutes or more twice; first during its 0-16 takeover run in the third quater, and again during the opening 6:20 of the fourth.

Hidden stat

Khimki had 1 turnover in the first quarter, but 7 in the second and 7 more in the third, as its 18-point lead turned into a six-point deficit.

Bayern 6-0 Khimki

This was the fourth head-to-head EuroLeague meeting between these teams, and the fourth win for Bayern, which swept this season's series, just as it had done in the 2015-16 regular season. Bayern also won both of their previous meetings in the 7DAYS EuroCup.

Kurtinaitis returns

Rimas Kurtinaitis returned for his second stint with Khimki. He served as the head of Khimki's bench from 2011 to 2016, when he led the club to EuroCup crowns in 2012 and 2015. He also previously coached Khimki in a pair of EuroLeague campaigns, and now has 23-21 record with Khimki in the EuroLeague.

Next game

Both teams will be at home next week in Round 21. Khimki (7-13) will host Zalgiris Kaunas (8-12), while Bayern (10-10) will welcome the league leader Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (18-2).

Derrick Williams - FC Bayern Munich - EB18
Friday, January 25, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR
Attendance: 6151
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Khimki Moscow Region28121010
FC Bayern Munich10252115
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Khimki Moscow Region28405060
FC Bayern Munich10355671
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BOST, DEE 22:26 4 1/3 0/5 2/2   1 1 2   1   1 1 3  
5 CROCKER, TONY 31:10 7 3/6 0/6 1/1   3 3     1   1 4 3 -2
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR 5:30                         2   -2
7 GREEN, GARLON 21:07 6 3/6 0/2     2 2     2 1 1 3 2  
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 17:34 3   1/2         5   4     4 1  
12 MONIA, SERGEY 10:36     0/1         2   1     1   -1
15 GUBANOV, PETR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 17:15 8 2/2 1/1 1/2   4 4 1 1 1     3 2 11
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 24:55 6 2/4 0/1 2/2 2   2   3   1   5 2 6
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 27:03 13 4/7 1/2 2/2 2 8 10 5 3 4 2 1 2 3 25
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 22:24 13 5/11 0/1 3/5 2 4 6   1 2     4 4 9
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 200:00 60 20/39 3/21 11/14 10 25 35 15 8 16 4 4 29 20 53
        51.3% 14.3% 78.6%
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
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 18:50 1 0/2   1/2   3 3 1 1 1   1 3 3 1
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON 9:47 4   1/1 1/2 1 2 3 4   2       2 10
7 KING, ALEX DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 16:53 6 1/3 1/3 1/2 1 2 3 1         4 4 5
10 RADOSEVIC, LEON 15:48 2 1/4     2 1 3     1 1   1   1
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 28:30 15 2/3 2/4 5/6   4 4 2 1       2 4 20
12 LO, MAODO 19:40 6 2/5 0/3 2/2   2 2 2 3 2     1 1 5
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 17:34 10 1/3 2/4 2/2 1 1 2 2 1     1 3 4 11
15 AMAIZE, ROBIN 4:54                         3   -3
16 JOVIC, STEFAN 9:40           2 2 1   4         -1
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 27:39 7 0/2 1/1 4/8 1 6 7 2 2 2 2 2 1 7 16
23 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 30:45 20 3/7 3/5 5/5 1 4 5   1 1 1   2 4 22
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 71 10/29 10/21 21/29 8 27 35 15 9 14 4 4 20 29 87
        34.5% 47.6% 72.4%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"First, I want to congratulate FC Bayern Munich team for a good game. They were mentally strong because they were down by 18 and managed to get back into the game. Sorry for our team; today we didn’t play like I hoped. We had some problems with the offense. Overall, things were not so bad, but just the offense was a real problem. The first quarter was perfect, not only on the offense but on defense as well, because when you play good defense it helps you in the offense. We defended well with good energy. I think that in some key moments we lost a little bit of luck because we missed many open shots. This team is built for three-point shots and doesn't have massive centers. In some good situations, we missed some good shots, having scored only 3 triples out of 21. Our 32 points in three quarters are too small numbers for the EuroLeague. On defense, we had some mistakes, but overall it was not bad. We should have played better on offense, and in this case we would have had a different result."
RADONJIC, DEJAN
FC Bayern Munich

"It is an important win for us, for sure. We have a difficult schedule ahead. The beginning of the game was very, very bad, defensively and offensively. After that, it was absolutely different. Defensively, it was quite good, allowing just 32 points in the last 30 minutes. Also, we played much better offensively after the first 10 minutes. This is an important success for us."

"After the first 10 minutes everything was different, defensively and offensively. The defense was quite good for us tonight. This win is important because we have a difficult schedule, and it is a big success for us."

Players

GREEN, GARLON
Khimki Moscow Region
"I just think it's about a lot of changes and some different things right now. But no excuses for us; we get loose and just relaxed too much. Guys took some shots but missed them. We had some open looks and missed shots. That is one of the things we have to improve, coming to the gym, getting some shots up at practice, and being ready for the next game.”
WILLIAMS, DERRICK
FC Bayern Munich
"Our defense was the key. I know the first 10 minutes of the game were awful for us. We did not get any stops, we turned the ball over a lot, but we settled down. The last three quarters of this game really show what type of team we are; we are resilient. We just came to play, especially in the second, third and fourth quarters. We got a lot of stops, got out in transition and everybody contributed tonight. Only giving up 32 points in last three quarters, compared to giving up 28 in the first 10 minutes, it is tough to do that at any level of basketball. That just shows what kind of team we are, and if we play like that, we are a tough team to beat."