2020-21Regular SeasonRound 10
November 19, 2020 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 AUDI DOME

Milutinov, James lead CSKA past Bayern

CSKA Moscow made it five wins in a row by overcoming FC Bayern Munich 81-89 in an intense showdown at the Audi Dome. The first half was fiercely contested with neither team leading by more than 6 points and Bayern holding a small advantage, 39-36, at the break. The lead regularly swapped hands in the third, before CSKA gradually pulled away in the fourth quarter. Nikola Milutinov powered CSKA with a double-double of 18 points and 8 rebounds, making all 8 of his two-point attempts. Mike James led all scorers with 25 points, Darrun Hilliard added 14 and Will Clyburn combined 13 points with 5 rebounds. Jalen Reynolds paired a personal-best 18 points with 8 rebounds for Bayern, and Wade Baldwin IV tied his career-high with 19 points. The outcome left the teams sharing second place in the standings with identical 7-3 records.

Robin Amaize drove to open the scoring before Nikita Kurbanov got CSKA moving from mid-range. Vladimir Lucic’s fastbreak dunk sent Bayern ahead, 6-4, in a start dominated by defenses. Toko Shengelia’s powerful basket-and-one gave CSKA its first lead, and Kurbanov added a tip-in. JaJuan Johnson’s jumper made it 8-9, but Milutinov’s three-point play and James’s aggressive drive kept CSKA in front, 8-14. Paul Zipser hit the game’s first three-pointer, but Hilliard did likewise for CSKA, before Baldwin scored in penetration and Reynolds dunked on the break to make it 17-18 after 10 minutes. Johnson opened the second quarter from mid-range to send Bayern ahead, before Baldwin and Johnson completed a 10-0 run for a 23-18 lead. Joel Bolomboy and Clyburn restarted CSKA from the foul line, and James tied it at 23-23. CSKA eased ahead through free throws before Baldwin and Clyburn exchanged close-range scores. Nick Weiler-Babb’s three-point play tied it up, 32-32, and Milutinov’s alley-oop was canceled out by Reynolds's bucket under the basket. Reynolds then added a fierce one-handed alley-oop, making it 39-36 at the break.

Hilliard and Milutinov got CSKA closer early in the second half and Shengelia split free throws for a 43-43 tie. Hilliard’s four-point play sent CSKA in front and Leon Radosevic’s bucket was matched by Milutinov’s put-back slam. Milutinov posted up to score again for a 47-52 lead, but Zan Sisko struck back from long-range and immediately added a fastbreak layup for another tie. Baldwin sliced through to send Bayern ahead, but Kurbanov answered from deep and James again scored in penetration before finishing the quarter with a buzzer-beating triple for a 60-64 lead. Baldwin and James traded blows early in the fourth before Reynolds and Milutinov scored from close-range. Clyburn’s three-pointer gave CSKA its largest lead, 64-71, with 6 minutes left. Lucic’s four-point play gave Bayern fresh hope, but Clyburn and James converted free throws for a 68-76 advantage. James struck from deep for a double-digit lead and Baldwin’s three-point play inside the final 2 minutes wasn’t enough to revive Bayern as CSKA held on.


Turnover trouble avoided…eventually

CSKA initially struggled to escape Bayern’s swarming defense and was forced into committing 7 turnovers in the opening quarter. However, CSKA took much better control of the ball after that and finished with only 12 turnovers.

CSKA treads the line

Bayern’s physical approach regularly sent CSKA to the foul line and the visiting team took advantage by making 33 of 41 free-throw attempts (80.5%). Those 33 converted free throws were the most by any team so far this season.

Offensive boards boost CSKA

CSKA stood up to the physical challenge presented by Bayern’s defense and gave itself valuable extra possessions by claiming 14 offensive rebounds. Most of those came through two players: Nikola Milutinov grabbed 6 and Joel Bolomboy 4.

Record low from deep for Bayern

Bayern focused its offensive efforts almost exclusively inside, only attempting 8 three-point shots all night – by far the lowest in club history. The previous low was 12 attempts on four separate occasions. The 3 three-pointers made also tied the team low. In contrast, Bayern’s 52 attempted two-pointers was the joint-fourth highest in club history.

Next round

CSKA hosts a big showdown with Real Madrid as Round 11 gets underway next Thursday evening, while Bayern travels to Panathinaikos OPAP Athens the following night.

Nikola Milutinov - CSKA Moscow - EB20
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; NIKOLIC, UROS; NEDOVIC, MILAN
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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FC Bayern Munich17222121
CSKA Moscow18182825
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FC Bayern Munich17396081
CSKA Moscow18366489
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WEILER-BABB, NICK 23:04 7 2/5   3/3   2 2 2 1 1     3 2 7
2 BALDWIN IV, WADE 25:22 19 7/11 0/1 5/5   1 1 6   7     4 4 14
5 BRAY, TJ 3:24               1             1
8 REYNOLDS, JALEN 23:33 18 7/10   4/6 3 5 8   2 1     4 3 21
9 THOMAS, MALCOLM 10:04 2 1/2     1 3 4   1       2   4
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 30:44 9 2/5 1/2 2/2   1 1 1 1 1 1   5 4 7
12 FLACCADORI, DIEGO 0:20 2 1/1                         2
15 AMAIZE, ROBIN 10:53 4 2/2             1       2   3
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 22:17 7 1/3 1/2 2/2 1 2 3 2 1       3 3 10
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 12:55 6 3/6     1 1 2 1             6
31 SISKO, ZAN 20:57 5 1/5 1/3     1 1 4 2 2     5   -1
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 16:27 2 1/2   0/2 1   1           4 2 -2
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 81 28/52 3/8 16/20 9 17 26 17 9 13 1 0 32 18 74
        53.8% 37.5% 80%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
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 13:50 1 0/2   1/2 4 2 6     1       3 6
5 JAMES, MIKE 28:25 25 5/8 2/8 9/11   2 2 2 3 4     1 5 21
6 HILLIARD, DARRUN 26:00 14 2/5 2/4 4/6   3 3 4         4 2 12
10 HACKETT, DANIEL 19:38 3 1/2 0/2 1/2         1     1 3 3 -1
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 18:06 2   0/2 2/2 1   1 1   1     1 1 1
21 CLYBURN, WILL 26:49 13 1/4 1/5 8/8 1 4 5 2   1     2 8 18
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 19:13 6 1/3 0/2 4/5   3 3 1 1 2     4 3 3
28 LOPATIN, ANDREI 3:04         1 1 2               2
32 UMRIKHIN, YURY 0:04                              
33 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 25:14 18 8/8 0/1 2/3 6 6 12 1 1 3     3 5 29
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 19:37 7 1/2 1/2 2/2 1   1             1 7
Team           3 1 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 89 19/34 6/26 33/41 17 22 39 11 6 13 0 1 18 31 101
        55.9% 23.1% 80.5%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
FC Bayern Munich
"Congratulations to CSKA. They played a very good game. I want to congratulate also my players, because they tried very hard and the story of the game is very simple. We were bad on rebounding, this hurt us a lot: 17 offensive rebounds is a huge mountain to climb."
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"We talked at halftime about turnovers and we managed to have only 4 in the second half. We played more physical, we won the boards which is very important against such a team. When we started pressing their point guards, we created trouble for them – the first pass was not easy and it starts from there. Physicality, rebounds, no turnovers [were the keys]. It’s a long game, a game of runs. We had ours and they had theirs. We’ve got to be happy, we showed progress as a team, we’re happy because of the win and the way we performed. We showed character and that’s the most important thing for me. We’re on the road, playing tough games with absences, but still we kept believing in ourselves. So congratulations to my team for that."

Players

JAMES, MIKE
CSKA Moscow
"It means a lot. We lost some games at home we’d like to have back so we have to make it up on the road. In a tough week, we’ve played two good teams on the road so it means a lot. I was really tired the whole traveling all that time, back-to-back road games is tough. So I told myself my team needed me and I pushed through, tried to break down the wall and it came out good. We need to get back to basics. Every time we play defense as a team we’re pretty good."
MILUTINOV, NIKOLA
CSKA Moscow
"In the second half, we played more smart, better than the first. We played more aggressive, defended much better and this is why we won. My teammates helped me, they always found me and put me in the right positions. For me it was the easy part, they did the most difficult job. Tonight was a team win. We wanted this win so much, we are still finding ourselves and not playing as well as we can. We have great potential, we can play better, we’re still trying to find chemistry, and we’re on the right path."