Game Center, Round 6: Panathinaikos takes derby, Fenerbahce edges Baskonia
The main event on Friday night saw Panathinaikos OPAP Athens claim local bragging rights in a thrilling derby victory over Olympiacos Piraeus. There were also road wins for Fenerbahce Istanbul, FC Barcelona Lassa and Zalgiris Kaunas. On Thursday, CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid both stayed perfect with road victories.
FC Bayern Munich 116-70 Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
Bayern registered it largest-ever win in the EuroLeague, routing visiting Darussafaka 116-70 on Thursday night at Audi Dome. Bayern improved to 3-3 on the season with the win in which it set a number of club records in the EuroLeague and some of the highest-ever offensive marks in competition history. Meanwhile, Darussafaka suffered its fourth straight loss and dropped to 1-5. Devin Booker led the winners with 18 points, while Petteri Koponen and Nihad Dedovic netted 16 apiece for Bayern, which made 18 threes on 26 attempts.
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 66-87 Real Madrid
Madrid thoroughly dominated Maccabi 66-87 on Thursday at Menorah Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv to remain undefeated through six games this season. The reigning champs used a 0-16 second-quarter run and a 0-13 charge in the third to take total control of the game. Jaycee Carroll scored 14 of his 16 in the decisive second-quarter blitz and Sergio Llull matched him with 14 of his team-high 17 in the third. Gustavo Ayon posted 12 points and 12 boards and Anthony Randolph had 11 and 8 as the champs outrebounded Maccabi 27-46. The loss dropped Maccabi to 1-5.
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 85-90 CSKA Moscow
In one of the best games so far this season, CSKA remained undefeated by topping AX Milan 85-90 on the road on Thursday. CSKA improved to 6-0 in the standings, while Milan dropped to 4-2. Cory Higgins led the winners with 23 points and Nando De Colo added 18, while Sergio Rodriguez dished 10 assists for CSKA. Vladimir Micov paced Milan with 24 points and Mike James tallied 16 points and 12 assists in defeat. Milan led 64-51 late in the third quarter, but De Colo and Higgins each had 12 points in a 2-17 run that brought the visitors back.
Herbalife Gran Canaria 90-94 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Anadolu Efes completed a remarkable fourth-quarter comeback to claim a thrilling 90-94 victory over Gran Canaria on Thursday night. With the victory, Efes pushed its record to 4-2, while the hosts dropped to 1-5. Efes was behind for most of the game and trailed by 10 points with less than five minutes remaining, but Gran Canaria's offense stalled at just the wrong moment and Krunoslav Simon netted a nerveless three-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to take the win. Simon led the scoring for Efes with 18 points, while Bryant Dunston had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. D.J. Strawberry paced Gran Canaria with 19 points and 7 assists.
Khimki Moscow Region 80-87 FC Barcelona Lassa
FC Barcelona Lassa stayed strong to outlast Khimki Moscow Region 80-87 after an intense battle in the Russian capital. The visitors led nearly all the way but was pushed very hard by a determined Khimki team, with the hosts rallying from a double-digit deficit to make it a 1-point game with time running out in the fourth quarter before Barcelona pulled away in the latter stages. Thomas Heurtel inspired the victors with 18 points and 8 assists, receiving valuable help from big men Ante Tomic (16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) and Chris Singleton (16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals). As ever, Alexey Shved led Khimki with 27 points and 6 assists, while Tony Crocker added 17 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting. It was Barcelona’s fourth straight win and improves the Spanish team to 4-2, while Khimki drops to 1-5.
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 60-72 Zalgiris Kaunas
Zalgiris Kaunas maintained its perfect record on the road with a battling 60-72 victory at Buducnost VOLI Podgorica, improving the Lithuanians to 3-3 while Buducnost remains in search of its first win. On a night which saw both teams struggle offensively, Brandon Davies shone for the victorious team, scoring 20 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Antanas Kavaliauskas provided 12 points and 5 boards, while Nate Wolters combined 10 points with 6 assists. Only one Buducnost player scored in double figures, with Alen Omic netting 16 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. The first half was close, tied 33-33 at half-time, and Buducnost took its first lead of the game with a layup by Omic to make it 38-36. But the visitors replied with a 2-9 run as Wolters scored 5 points, Davies made a steal and dunk and Aaron White threw down an alley-oop, and the margin stayed around ten points for much of the remainder of the game.
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 93-80 Olympiacos Piraeus
In an outstanding Greek derby, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens defeated arch rivals Olympiacos Piraeus 93-80 at home. Panathinaikos improved to 4-2 in the standings and is now ahead of Olympiacos, which dropped to 3-3. Lukas Lekavicius led the winners with 17 points. Nick Calathes added 14 and 7 assists, Thanasis Antetokounmpo had 12 while Matt Lojeski got 10 for Panathinaikos. Georgios Printezis led Olympiacos with 26 points on 9-of-10 two-point shots. Janis Timma added 17 on 5-of-6 three-point shots while Nikola Milutinov had 11 for the guests. Olympiacos had the better of the first half, partly thanks to Axel Toupane scoring 7 points in a 0-9 run. But in the third quarter Antetokounmpo took over with a couple of three-point plays and a huge put-back slam that made it a double-digit game, 67-57. Milutinov and Printezis tried to ignite Olympiacos's comeback but Lekavicius and Gist kept the hosts way ahead, and Panathinaikos had plenty of time to celebrate a big home win.
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 72-74 Fenerbahce Istanbul
In a hard-fought battle that went down to the wire, Fenerbahce Istanbul pulled out a 72-74 road win at KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. The win improved Fenerbahce to 5-1 in third place in the standings, while Baskonia dropped to 2-4, suffering its second home defeat of this campaign. Luigi Datome finished with 16 points to lead Fenerbahce, and Joffrey Lauvergne scored 15 in victory. Ilimane Diop posted 17 points and 6 rebounds to pace the hosts. The teams went into the break tied at 33-33, and continued exchanging blows in the third quarter. Fastbreak layups from Patricio Garino and Darrun Hilliard opened a 55-48 margin going into the fourth quarter. However, Datome and Nikola Kalinic brought Fenerbahce back, and the visitors made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 36 seconds, while Baskonia missed three shots on a last chance possession.