2018-19Regular SeasonRound 28
March 22, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALABANCODESIO

Panathinaikos gains big win in Milan

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens picked up a crucial victory in the race for the playoffs as it went to Italy and came home with an 83-95 victory over AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan in extending its winning streak to six games. Panathinaikos turned the game around at the Palabancodesio with a 0-13 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. Nick Calathes was exquisite with 27 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 39. Keith Langford added 17 points, Deshaun Thomas collected 15 points, James Gist 12 and Sean Kilpatrick had 11 points as Panathinaikos improved to 15-13, also grabbing the head-to-head advantage over Milan, which dropped to 14-14. Mindaugas Kuzminskas led Milan with 17 points, but had just 5 of them in the second half, while Mike James picked up 16 points but had foul trouble and committed 6 turnovers. James Nunnally scored 12 points and Vladimir Micov 11 in the loss.

Nunnally and Micov both scored 5 early points to send Milan ahead, but a trio of Calathes baskets kept it close, before Gist and Thomas netted from close range to send Panathinaikos ahead. James and Langford traded three-pointers, and it was 20-23 after ten minutes. Kuzminskas scored twice early in the second quarter, but a Langford triple and close-range strikes from Gist and Calathes kept the visitors ahead. Panathinaikos was up 28-30 with 6 minutes left in the first half when Thomas picked up a technical foul - his third foul of the game. Kuzminskas, James and Kilpatrick all scored from deep and, after a series of free throws, Curtis Jerrells beat the buzzer from deep to make it 47-44 at the break. Panathinaikos had a quick start to the second half with Kilpatrick scoring 5 points for a 47-51 lead. Nunnally and Micov both hit from long range as Milan went back up, only to see a Thomas three-pointer change the lead again. It went back and forth with another Micov three followed by an Ioannis Papapetrou triple, before two Kaleb Tarczewski dunks saw Milan go up 64-61. Panathinaikos kept Milan scoreless in the final 3 minutes of the third quarter, and Langford stepped up with 7 points in a 0-11 run to lead 64-72 after 30 minutes. Calathes pushed the lead to double digits to start the fourth, before Nemanja Nedovic stopped Milan’s scoring drought. Langford took advantage of James’ foul trouble with an inside basket and Thomas’ three-ball made it 69-81. The visitors survived nearly 2 minutes without a score and still led 75-85 before Thomas and Kilpatrick drained long balls and the advantage was 75-93 with 3 minutes left. And Milan could not get back into the game.

Game changing sequence

The game had been back and forth until the end of the third quarter when Panathinaikos shut down Milan for more than 4 minutes in running off an 0-13 surge spanning the third and quarter quarters, taking control off the game 64-74.

Coming off the bench

Keith Langford has really excelled in his role as a scorer off the bench, picking up 17 points in 20 minutes along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Telling numbers

Panathinaikos turned the ball over only 10 times on the road and hit 10-of-23 three-pointers (43.5%) while holding Milan to just 9-of-33 (27.3%) from long range.

Next games

Milan will have a tough task to reach the playoffs as next week it will host Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, while Panathinaikos will welcome Real Madrid with hopes of making it a seven-game winning streak.

Nick Calathes - Panathinaikos OPAP Athens - EB18
Friday, March 22, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; KARTAL, ERSAN
Attendance: 6838 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan20271719
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens23212823
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AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan20476483
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens23447295
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 JAMES, MIKE 28:15 16 4/6 2/7 2/4   2 2 4   6   1 4 4 6
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 26:43 11 1/6 3/7   1 4 5 3 2       2 2 12
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB 22:03 8 3/4   2/2 2 1 3 1 1 1 1   2 3 13
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 26:13 8 2/4 0/6 4/4   1 1 1   2   1 1 4 2
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 24:37 17 2/4 2/4 7/7 3 3 6 3 1       3 4 24
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES 31:20 12 3/5 1/7 3/3 2 1 3 2   1     2 1 7
23 BURNS, CHRISTIAN 2:45 2 1/1       1 1     1     2    
32 BROOKS, JEFF 20:57 4     4/4 2 4 6 1         1 2 12
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 7:29 5 1/4 1/2           1     1 1    
92 OMIC, ALEN 9:38         4 1 5 1   1     2   3
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 83 17/34 9/33 22/24 15 21 36 16 5 12 1 3 20 20 83
        50% 27.3% 91.7%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN 26:50 15 4/7 2/2 1/4 1 4 5   1       4 6 17
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 20:37 17 2/6 3/5 4/6   5 5 3   1 1   2 7 22
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 15:03 2 1/2     1 1 2   1 2 1   2   1
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 29:01 9 2/3 1/4 2/2 1 2 3   1 1     3 2 7
14 GIST, JAMES 21:18 12 5/7   2/2 3 2 5 1 1 2   1 2 3 15
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 2:11 2 1/1     1   1 1             4
19 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 0:39                              
23 KILPATRICK, SEAN 23:02 11 1/3 3/7   1   1 1 1 1 1   1   7
24 LOJESKI, MATT 5:20         1 1 2 1         1   2
33 CALATHES, NICK 39:21 27 12/17 1/5   2 6 8 14 2 2     3 2 39
43 ANTETOKOUNMPO, THANASIS 5:39         1 2 3               3
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 10:59   0/2       1 1     1     3   -5
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 95 28/48 10/23 9/14 14 26 40 21 7 10 3 1 21 20 116
        58.3% 43.5% 64.3%
Head coach: PITINO, RICK

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"We moved the ball and found some energy to make some defensive rebounds to get into transition. Until half-time we stayed more or less like this. The third quarter, we started missing shots and they started covering the paint very well. And then we started to be nervous at the end of the third quarter, beginning of the fourth. We were completely disconnected and nervous, and Panathinaikos played good in that moment and killed the game."
PITINO, RICK
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

"Our strategy tonight was we knew we were going against an outstanding offensive team, and we wanted to take turns pressuring James, and get Calathes off the point guard so we can play him most of the game. So by doing that, Calathes could play 39 minutes - 27 points, 14 assists and 8 rebounds. In other games, he’s now running the offense and dogging the other team’s point guard and that just takes a lot out of him. So the whole team not only played great basketball but they played with a great mental IQ down the stretch."

"It’s one thing to make the playoffs, it’s a second thing to be playing great basketball going into the playoffs. We keep getting better every practice, every game, every week, every month. And that’s what basketball is all about."

Players

CALATHES, NICK
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It’s a great win for us. To come in here and win is a very important game for our team. Hopefully we can keep it going. For our fans to come here, they made it happen for us, gave us energy on the court and we never gave up."
LANGFORD, KEITH
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It’s important since I came back from injury that I accept my role. I think it’s been really big for this team. Being a little bit older, being a veteran, they brought in Sean Kilpatrick and I decided when I came back that I was going to back him up and be the best I could be off the bench, and really give the team a boost."
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