Offense carries CSKA past Bayern in Munich
CSKA Moscow hit 13 three-pointers and controlled all four quarters en route to a 79-93 road win over FC Bayern Munich at the Audi Dome on Friday. CSKA, which pulled away to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back, remained unbeaten at 7-0 to keep sharing first place with Real Madrid, while Bayern dropped to 3-4. Cory Higgins paced six CSKA double-digit scorers with 18 points, while Sergio Rodriguez had 12 points and 8 assists in victory. Nihad Dedovic and Derrick Williams scored 14 points each for Bayern.
Dedovic and Vladimir Lucic sparked Bayern's offense early on, opening an 11-7 lead, but it took no time for Rodriguez and CSKA to take control. Back-to-back threes from Alec Peters and Rodriguez put the visitors in front, before Higgins fueled a 0-9 run that made it 16-26 after 7 minutes. Lucic and Williams helped the hosts get within 23-30 after 10 minutes, but Nikita Kurbanov, Nando De Colo and Andrey Vorontsevich each hit three-pointers for a 25-41 CSKA advantage. CSKA allowed just a one field goal in the first 6 minutes of the second quarter, however, Bayern went to the foul line often. The hosts moved within 32-43, but Kurbanov and Rodriguez hit consecutive triples before a massive fastbreak dunk from Will Clyburn extended the difference to 36-54. After CSKA went to halftime ahead by 40-56, Bayern got into an offensive rhythm early in the third quarter with Williams scoring 5 points. Back-to-back threes from Lucic and Dedovic got the hosts closer, at 56-64, but Rodriguez answered with a triple, before Clyburn put up 6 straight points to make it 59-75. The hosts closed to 65-77 after three quarters and Devin Booker soon had a pair of dunks on Petteri Koponen's assists to get Bayern within 10 points. But Othello Hunter had an easy layup to make it 72-85 midway through the fourth quarter, and if there was any hope for the hosts, Peters hit a transition three to seal the deal.
CSKA had a dream start to the game. In the first 7 minutes, CSKA scored on 11 of its first 12 trips down the floor, pulling away to a 16-26 lead. Alec Peters and Cory Higgins each scored 7 points, while Sergio Rodriguez and Othello Hunter had 6 apiece as CSKA shot 5-of-6 two-pointers and 4-of-6 triples, and somehow managed to pull down 2 offensive rebounds after those 3 missed field goals.
Movers and shakers
Alec Peters had 13 points in 3-of-4 three-point shooting, and pulled down 6 rebounds for CSKA, while Will Clyburn had an all-round performance with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Othello Hunter collected 10 points plus 7 rebounds, and Nikita Kurbanov also scored 10 in victory. Derrick Williams and Nihad Dedovic scored 14 apiece, and Vladimir Lucic added 12 points for Bayern. Petteri Koponen netted 10 points and Danilo Barthel pulled down 11 rebounds in defeat.
Only a week after hitting 18 three-pointers on 26 attempts against Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul, Bayern shot just 3-for-17 from long range in this game against CSKA.
Did you notice?
Vorontsevich is the longest-tenured player on CSKA's roster, and by making his 241st appearance in this game he broke the record for the most EuroLeague games played in a CSKA uniform.
Bayern will stay at home in Round 8 to welcome Olympiacos Piraeus on Tuesday to break their part of a tie for eighth place. A day later, unbeaten CSKA will hosts its long-time rival Zalgiris Kaunas (3-4).
Friday, November 16, 2018