2019-20Regular SeasonRound 11
November 29, 2019 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM DOME.

Larkin, Efes soar to beat Bayern 104-75

Shane Larkin made history and Anadolu Efes Istanbul clicked on all cylinders as it destroyed FC Bayern Munich 104-75 on Friday night at home at Sinan Erdem Dome. Larkin shattered the EuroLeague's all-time single-game scoring record with 49 points and tied the mark for three-pointers by making 10 to lead Efes to its fifth consecutive win and a league-best 9-2 record. Efes was ahead from the opening tipoff, had a 17-point lead at halftime, and kept a double-digit lead for most of the second half before closing the game strong for a 29-point win. Larkin needed just 31 minutes on the floor to net 49 points, making 5 of 7 two-pointers, 10 of 12 three-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws. He also dished 5 assists for a performance index rating of 53, which ranks fifth all-time. Big man Sertac Sanli had a career-high 17 points, while Tibor Pleiss and Chris Singleton scored 10 apiece for Efes. Vladimir Lucic paced the visitors with 20 points and Danilo Barthel scored 11 for Bayern, whose record dropped to 4-7.

Larkin started with a pair of triples and a pair of assists for Pleiss to open 10-2 lead. DeMarcus Nelson hit from downtown for the visitors and also had a jumper, but Singleton hit 2 three-pointers to open a 20-11 Efes lead. Larkin connected twice more from long range, but Bayern kept up offensively as Paul Zipser had a three-point play. Alex King and Mathias Lessort scored inside late in the first, and Zipser and Maodo Lo each had a three-pointer to get Bayern within 35-30 early in the second quarter. Larkin snapped an 0-8 Bayern run with his fifth three-pointer, and his sixth extended the difference to 47-34. Barthel answered with a basket-plus-free throw but Singleton knocked down a triple to help make it 57-40 at halftime. Greg Monroe and Barthel fueled a 0-8 run that got Bayern within 59-50 in the third quarter, but that is when Larkin got hot again, scoring 11 consecutive points, including a pair of driving layups and a three-pointer to extend the margin to 70-56. Put-backs from Krunoslav Simon and Sanli made it 76-58 going into the fourth. Lucic had a three-point play, and Petteri Koponen nailed a triple, but Larkin and James Anderson sparked Efes to an 84-64 advantage. Efes cruised to win, but Larkin was not done. He scored a jumper to reach 38 points with 6:50 to go, and after a brief rest on the bench, poured in 11 more points, including 3 three-pointers in the final 2:40 of the game, to enter the record books.

Shane Larkin show

Larkin made his first start since Round 6, and had his fingertips on his team's first 10 points. He scored 14 points in the first quarter and had 25 at halftime. Larkin added 11 more points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth to exceed the scoring of any previous EuroLeague player in a single game.

Unstoppable first half

Efes was humming offensively behind Larkin, especially in the first half. In the first two quarters, Efes made 10 of 12 two-point shots, 9 of 14 from long range, and 10 of 12 free throws. Despite only a handful of missed shots, Efes still managed to pull down 4 offensive boards. It all led to 57 first-half points and a 17-point halftime margin.

Best start in 15 years

With its fifth straight win Efes improved to a 9-2 record, its best since 2004-05 season, when it won 13 of its first 15 games.

Big man comes up big

In the absence of starting center Bryant Dunston, it was big man Sertac Sanli stepping up once again. Sanli scored 17 points on 7-for-8 two-point shooting, and also had 2 blocks and 2 rebounds.

Next up

Next week in Round 12 both teams will be on the road. Bayern visits Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv on Thursday, and Efes travels to play KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz on Friday.

Shane Larkin - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB19
Friday, November 29, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR; PEREZ, EMILIO; TRAWICKI, TOMASZ
Attendance: 14902
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul30271928
FC Bayern Munich22181817
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul305776104
FC Bayern Munich22405875
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 LARKIN, SHANE 31:00 49 5/7 10/12 9/10   2 2 5 1 4     1 6 53
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 20:56 6 3/4 0/2   1 4 5 5 2       1 1 15
2 SINGLETON, CHRIS 21:49 10   2/3 4/4   5 5   1 2     2 4 15
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 4:07     0/1           1            
8 GECIM, TOLGA 3:23     0/2                       -2
15 SANLI, SERTAC 18:10 17 7/8   3/4 1 1 2     1 2   2 2 18
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 21:50 10 5/5     1 2 3 1 1 1 1   2 1 14
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 21:00   0/1 0/3         4   2   1 1 3 -1
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 25:18 5 1/3 1/3   4 5 9 3 1   1   1   14
25 PETERS, ALEC 18:11 5   1/2 2/2   3 3   1 2     4 1 3
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 14:16 2 1/2     1 1 2 5   3 1   3   3
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 104 22/30 14/28 18/20 9 25 34 23 8 15 5 1 17 18 135
        73.3% 50% 90%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
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
7 KING, ALEX 11:50     0/3   1 1 2 1   1     1 1 -1
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 21:34 8 1/3 2/4     1 1         1 1   3
10 MONROE, GREG 21:16 6 3/7       3 3 5 3 4   1 3 1 6
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 29:33 20 7/9   6/7 1 3 4 3 1 1 1 1 2 6 28
12 LO, MAODO 17:04 5 1/1 1/1   1   1 2 1 1     3   5
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 22:25 8 1/4 1/3 3/3   1 1 1   4   1 3 3  
20 NELSON, DEMARCUS 16:22 9 3/4 1/2     1 1 2 2 1     1   10
21 FLACCADORI, DIEGO 11:40 4 2/4 0/2         2   1   1 1 1  
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 28:10 11 5/6 0/3 1/1 1 2 3 1 1       2 3 13
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 9:20 4 1/3   2/2 1 2 3           1 1 5
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 9:24   0/1           1           1 1
44 GRANT, SASHA 1:22                              
Team           1 1 2     3         -1
Totals 200:00 75 24/42 5/18 12/13 6 15 21 18 8 16 1 5 18 17 69
        57.1% 27.8% 92.3%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul

"Perfect performance. More than this is impossible. We played perfect. With tonight's basketball we will be a candidate for the NBA championship. Congratulations to all of my players. Defense, offense, we shared the basketball. Of course, Larkin, incredible game; he made a EuroLeague record. But all my players put in a great effort. Without Bryant Dunston, our two centers, Pleiss and Sanli, played one more great game, like last week in Milan and Villeurbanne.

"I think he thinks I don't know about EuroLeague records. The game was over, I like to put him to the bench to get him rest, to protect him from the injury. But I saw that he started to force the shots and started to miss the shots because he was tired. I put him on the bench just to get him rest for 30 seconds, one minute, and go back to the game. I told him don't force it, wait your time, and for sure you will find your score. He said, it is only 4 minutes to go, and I said, 3 and a half minutes will be enough for you, sit down 30 seconds. It was great. Basketball is also a show, everybody enjoyed tonight here. We had a sold-out arena, and I am sure all people who watched Efes tonight enjoyed basketball tonight."

RADONJIC, DEJAN
FC Bayern Munich
"Efes played excellent and their offense worked early. Especially Larkin hits his shots early in the game. He was amazing. Congratulations to Efes for this performance."

Players

SANLI, SERTAC
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I am really happy about our performance. Bayern is a tough team, beating them by 30 points in the game is really outstanding. They are a tough team. But, it is hard to say anything, because Shane Larkin, it is the best single-game performance I've seen in my life."
LARKIN, SHANE
Anadolu Efes Istanbul

"I really don't know what to say right now. We've been working really hard as a team every day at practice. I've been getting better, more healthy. My teammates have been doing a great job of pushing me at practice, the trainers have been doing a great job of getting me healthy. Tonight was one of those nights where you make your first couple of shots and the rim looks like the ocean. I'm just really grateful for this moment. This is truly a blessing, for sure."

"I knew last year when I had a good game against Barcelona here, there were 4 minutes left and I had 37 [points], and I did not know that 41 was a record. So today, I was having anxiety. I have 38, there is 4 minutes left, I can't have this happen again. Coach told me to rest for a minute, he said you are going to break the record, don't worry. So I went over there, sat down, he put me back in, called a couple of plays for me, and it happened for me. I am thankful for him, thankful for everybody here. It is a great moment. We are really a family now. We have been together for two years, basically, we have two new guys. We had a lot of success last year as a team, and that only brought us closer together. And now, every single moment that we have we are just growing closer together as friends and as a team that is going to jell and be a tough team to beat on any night. There are a lot of great things happening here, and I am just glad to be a part of it."

BARTHEL, DANILO
FC Bayern Munich
"Efes played incredibly strong. But we wanted to do it much better. We are very disappointed."
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