Game Center: Barca, CSKA, Madrid keep streaking
A seventh straight win in dominant fashion saw Barcelona continue atop the standings at the end of Round 10, while two of its familiar rivals added to their own streaks. CSKA made it five wins in succession by knocking off second-place Bayern, while Real matched that string with a home win over Fenerbahce. Efes and Zenit joined CSKA as the only three road winners in Round 10, while Madrid and Barca were joined by Baskonia, Milan and Valencia, which rallied from 6 down with 1 minutes 20 seconds left to win at home, putting a dramatic finish on an action-packed double-round week.
Khimki Moscow Region 77-105 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Anadolu Efes Istanbul bounced back from a home loss earlier in the week to thrash Khimki Moscow Region 77-105 at Arena Mytishchi on Thursday. Efes improved to 5-4 in the standings while Khimki dropped to 2-7. Krunoslav Simon led the winners with 24 points, Shane Larkin added 20 points and 7 assists, Tibor Pleiss scored 18 and Adrien Moerman posted 14 points and 7 rebounds for Efes. Janis Timma and Jordan Mickey paced Khimki with 13 points apiece. Greg Monroe added 10 and Alexey Shved tallied 9 points and 9 assists, ending his 78-game streak of scoring in double digits. Khimki led 30-29 after 10 minutes, but Efes took a 51-58 lead at halftime and boosted it to 63-86 at the end of the third quarter to seal the outcome with time to spare.
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 93-72 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz made it a perfect week with a 93-72 blowout of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on Wednesday at Buesa Arena. The hosts outscored the Greens 43-23 over the final 15 minutes to claim the victory and take their record to 4-4. Panathinaikos lost its fourth straight game to fall to 2-6 on the season. Alec Peters and Luca Vildoza scored 19 points apiece to pace the home team. Pierria Henry tallied 14 points and a career-high 12 assists for his first career double-double. Rokas Giedraitis added 12 points and Tonye Jekiri posted 10 points and 10 rebounds. Ioannis Papapetrou paced Panathinaikos with 17 points, Nemanja Nedovic added 15 points and 5 assists and Georgios Papagiannis had 11 points and 10 boards.
FC Bayern Munich 81-89 CSKA Moscow
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.
ALBA Berlin 66-73 Zenit St Petersburg
Zenit St Petersburg salvaged split of the double-round week by ambushing ALBA Berlin in the German capital with a defensive-minded 66-73 victory on Friday. Its first victory ever in three tries against ALBA lifted Zenit's record to 4-2 and left the German club with a 2-6 mark thus far. Will Thomas led the winners with 17 points to go with 5 rebounds, while Arturas Gudaitis followed with 16 and 3, respectively. Mateusz Ponitka was right behind with 14 points. Ben Lammers recorded a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double for ALBA to go with 2 blocks. However, none of his teammates joined him in double figures as ALBA's 66 points matched its lowest in the last two seasons under head coach Aito Garcia Reneses.
AX Armani Exchange Milan 98-92 Zalgris Kaunas
AX Armani Exchange Milan ended its two-game losing streak by rolling up the points to defeat visiting Zalgris Kaunas 98-92 at home in Mediolanum Forum on Friday. The hosts built a 20-point lead early in the third quarter behind terrific shooting accuracy from behind the arc, but Zalgiris never waved the white flag and managed to tie 77-77, with 6 minutes to go. A key three-pointer by Sergio Rodriguez, followed by 8 points of its last 12 points by Malcolm Delaney, allowed Milan to improves to a 4-3 record. Zalgiris, meanwhile, collected its fourth loss straight and drops to 5-5. Kevin Punter led the winners with 22 points and a career-high performance index rating of 29. Zach LeDay followed with 20 points and 6 boards against his former team, while Shavon Shields, Malcolm Delaney and Kyle Hines scored 17, 13 and 10 respectively. Lukas Lekavicius tallied 16 points for Zalgiris. Rokas Jokubaitis had 15 on the day after his 20th birthday, while Augustine Rubit chipped in 13 and Marius Grigonis 10 in defeat.
Real Madrid 94-74 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
Real Madrid remained on a roll as it raced past Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 94-74 for its fifth straight victory on Friday in the Spanish capital. Alberto Abalde poured in 17 points to lead the way and Jaycee Carroll had 15 points for Real, whose record improved to 6-4. Anthony Randolph chipped in 14 points, Walter Tavares had 13, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, and Facundo Campazzo picked up 7 points and 12 assists in Real's fourth victory in five home games this season. Fenerbahce dropped to 4-6 including three straight losses, all of them in Spain. Danilo Barthel was the top weapon with 22 points for Fenerbahce, which was playing without Nando de Colo and Jan Vesely. Lorenzo Brown collected 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.
FC Barcelona 76-65 Crvena Zvezda MTS Belgrade
FC Barcelona extended its reign atop the standings by leading from start to finish in downing the Crvena Zvezda MTS Belgrade 76-65 on Friday night at Palau Blaugrana. Barcelona registered its seventh consecutive win and improved to a league-best 8-1 record, while Zvezda dropped to 4-6. Barcelona took control from the start, quickly opened a double-digit margin, and led by as many as 22 points before Zvezda attempted a late charge. Nikola Mirotic led the way with 23 points in 23 minutes. Pierre Oriola had 12 points, and Nick Calathes contributed with 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Dejan Davidovac was the only double-digit Zvezda scorer with 12 points.
Valencia Basket 82-80 Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
In one of the wildest comebacks in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague this season, Valencia Basket registered a valuable home win by edging Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv 82-80 at La Fonteta on Friday. Valencia improved to 6-3 in the standings while Maccabi dropped to 3-7. Maccabi, powered by an unstoppable Scottie Wilbekin, led 70-77 with 2:21 left but Valencia rallied and Derrick Williams tied the game, 80-80, with 7.4 seconds left. After a timeout, Maccabi tried to put the ball in Wilbekin's hands to try to win, but Bojan Dubljevic got a steal and fed Sam Van Rossom for the game-winning layup in astonishing fashion. Klemen Prepelic led the winners with 22 points. Derrick Williams added 15 while Mike Tobey had 12 for Valencia. Maccabi got 25 points from Wilbekin and 15 from Angelo Caloiaro while suffering its fourth defeat in five games.
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 93-101 Olympiacos Piraeus
In a postponed game from Round 10 that went to overtime, Olympiacos Pireaus grabbed its seventh road victory in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season by downing LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 93-101 at the Astroballe on Tuesday. Olympiacos improved to 11-9, while ASVEL dropped to 6-14. Kostas Sloukas forced overtime with a huge three-pointer and kept pacing Olympiacos in the extra period to seal the outcome. Sloukas and Shaquielle McKissic led the winners with 23 points apiece. Hassan Martin added 15, Aaron Harrison had 12 and Georgios Printezis 11 for Olympiacos. Norris Cole paced ASVEL with 21 points, David Lighty added 17, William Howard 18, Kevarrius Hayes 13 and Ismael Bako 10.