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2020-21Regular SeasonRound 16
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Game Center: CSKA widens first-place lead

CSKA widened its first-place lead in Round 16 after three other teams rose up to ambush opponents in the playoff positions. CSKA's solid win at ASVEL was one of just two road victories, the other being Baskonia over Milan to celebrate the club's 500th EuroLeague game this century. Otherwise, it was all home cooking. On Tuesday, Zenit and Real dominated Zvezda and ALBA, respectively. Maccabi fought off Panathinaikos and the top individual scoring show yet this season, from Nemanja Nedovic, while Shane Larkin and Efes sent Barcelona to a second defeat in a row and down to a second-place tie with Real. On Wednesday, besides Baskonia's big win, Zalgiris nipped Bayern on a game-winner by Marius Grigonis, Fenerbahce followed Jan Vesely to a much-needed triumph, and Valencia rejected Khimki's comeback attempt. Round 17 next Tuesday and Wednesday marks the halfway point of the regular season and the last games of 2020.

Zenit St Petersburg 98-69 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

Zenit St Petersburg set numerous records in destroying Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 98-69 on Tuesday night. The home side led 30-12 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, despite Zvezda briefly getting closer with a 0-13 run to bridge the second and third quarters. Zenit enjoyed a 12-0 run early in the second half and Zvezda never threatened again. KC Rivers led the way with 7-of-8 three-point shooting in his total of 23 points, while Kevin Pangos added 17, Billy Baron scored 13 and Arturas Gudaitis netted 12. Johnny O’Bryant (13 points) and Dejan Davidovac (10) offered some resistance for Zvezda. Zenit (9-5) protected its place in the playoffs zone, while Zvezda dropped to 5-11.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul 86-79 FC Barcelona

Anadolu Efes Istanbul broke its three-game losing streak in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season by downing FC Barcelona 86-79 at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall on Tuesday. Efes improved to 8-8 in the standings while Barcelona dropped to 11-5 and recorded back-to-back losses for the first time in this EuroLeague season. Shane Larkin led the winners with 23 points. Vasilije Micic had 17, Krunoslav Simon added 16 while Bryant Dunston got 12 for Efes. Nikola Mirotic led Barcelona with 18 points. The guests also got 15 points from Nick Calathes and 14 from Cory Higgins. Barcelona got its last lead, 43-45, right after the break, but Efes used a 12-0 run to take full control of the game, as Micic and Larkin held off the guests' comeback in the final 2 minutes.

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv 89-81 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Resurgent Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv held on to beat Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 89-81 on Tuesday night at Menora Mivtachim Arena for the Israeli champs' fourth win in five games. To do so, Maccabi needed to overcome a brilliant offensive night from Nemanja Nedovic, who scored a career-high 39 points and led the Greens back from a 16-point deficit to within 2 in the fourth quarter. The victory lifted Maccabi's record to 7-9 on the season, while Panathinaikos fell to 5-10. Scottie Wilbekin paced the Maccabi attack with 22 points and Elijah Bryant and Othello Hunter added 13 points apiece. Hunter also grabbed 7 rebounds. Georgios Papagiannis posted 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for Panathinaikos in defeat.

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 78-87 CSKA Moscow

League leader CSKA Moscow never trailed, but was never able to pull away before taking a 78-87 victory at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne to extend its winning streak to 11 games. Mike James poured in 31 points with 6 assists while Nikola Milutinov picked up 17 points and 14 rebounds for CSKA, which improved to 13-3. Toko Shengelia added 13 points and Darrun Hilliard 11. ASVEL saw its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-10. Guerschon Yabusele paced ASVEL with 16 points and 6 rebounds, Allerik Freeman scored 13 points and David Lighty had 12 points and 6 rebounds. It was ASVEL’s first loss at home since November 13 - a stretch of four wins.

Real Madrid 91-62 ALBA Berlin

Real Madrid got its 10th victory in its last 11 EuroLeague games by beating ALBA Berlin 91-62 in the Spanish capital on Tuesday. The no-doubt-about-it win lifted Real's regular-season record to 11-5 while ALBA dropped to 6-9. Real led 19-18 after 10 minutes and took off after that, extending its margin to 45-30 at halftime and then to 72-44 at the end of the third quarter to seal the outcome. Edy Tavares led Madrid with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Usman Garuba added 15 points and Fabien Causeur scored 10 for Real. ALBA got 13 points apiece from Maodo Lo and Luke Sikma.

Zalgiris Kaunas 74-73 FC Bayern Munich

Marius Grigonis scored the game-winning jumper with 0.6 seconds left as Zalgiris Kaunas survived a 74-73 battle with visiting FC Bayern Munich to extend its winning streak to four games. Grigonis ended the game with 22 points while Arturas Milaknis tallied 11 for Zalgiris, which continued its roll since ending a six-game losing streak and improved to 9-7 to stay in the top eight of the standings. Jalen Reynolds paced Bayern with 17 points and 7 rebounds while Nick Weiler-Babb had 16 points and Paul Zipser chipped in 14 in the loss. Bayern has now dropped three straight road games and fell to 10-6 but still holds onto fourth place alone.

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 84-77 Olympiacos Piraeus

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul survived a late scare to claim a nervy and much-needed 84-77 victory over Olympiacos Piraeus on Wednesday night. A fast-paced and closely contested first half saw the lead regularly swap hands as Fenerbahce clung to a 45-41 lead at the break. The hosts stretched that to 13 points in the third quarter but Sasha Vezenkov hit a flurry of three-pointers for Olympiacos to come back within 75-74 with 2 minutes left. Jan Vesely produced some big late plays to seal the deal, capping a fine performance of 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Nando De Colo also did a bit of everything with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Dyshawn Pierre scored 14, Melih Mahmutoglu 12 and Danilo Barthel 11 in victory. Vezenkov made 5-of-7 triples among his 17 points, with Livio Jean-Charles (12), Aaron Harrison (11) and Vassilis Spanoulis (11) also in double figures for Olympiacos. Fenerbahce halted a three-game losing run to improve to 6-10, while Olympiacos dropped to 7-8.

AX Armani Exchange Milan 86-79 TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz marked its 500th game in the EuroLeague by beating AX Armani Exchange Milan 86-79 on Wednesday night at Mediolanum Forum. The win, which boosted Baskonia's record to 7-8 this season, ended a seven-game losing streak in Milan dating back to 2012. Baskonia led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter before Milan scored 9 unanswered points and rallied to within 2 in the final minute. Pierria Henry stepped up for Baskonia with a basket-plus-foul to clinch the win. Zoran Dragic paced the winners with 16 points, Henry tallied 15 points and 8 assists, Tonye Jekiri posted 12 points and 12 rebounds, Rokas Giedraitis scored 11 and Youssoupha Fall 10. Kevin Punter led Milan with 15 points, Malcolm Delaney added 12 points and Luigi Datome scored 11. The loss dropped Milan's record to 9-6.

Valencia Basket 88-82 Khimki Moscow Region

Valencia Basket nearly wasted a 20-point lead, but held on to collect an 88-82 home win over Khimki Moscow Region on Wednesday. Martin Hermannsson led the way with 16 points and 9 assists for Valencia, which has won three of its last four games and improved to 10-6. Derrick Williams chipped in 15 points, Bojan Dubljevic had 11 points and Klemen Prepelic and Mike Tobey both had 10 points for the hosts, who rebounded from a loss to Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade in Round 15. Khimki’s losing streak extended to eight games in falling to 2-14 despite Errick McCollum scoring 16 points. Alexey Shved added 14 and Devin Booker scored 11.

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