Important Euroleague wins for Crvena Zvezda, Real Madrid and ALBA Berlin

The first three games in Round 29 saw Crvena Zvezda, ALBA Berlin, and Baskonia beat teams that started the night ahead of them in the standings before Real edged Milan in overtime.

Euroleague round 29

Crvena Zvezda Belgrade 84-77 Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv

Zvezda put on a rebounding clinic in defeating Maccabi 84-77 at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall on Thursday night in the Serbian capital. Nikola Kalinic led a balanced Zvezda attack with 15 points and five assists as Zvezda won its fourth straight game to improve to 13-15. Maccabi fell back in the standings to 12-14 despite 24 points from James Nunnally.

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 69-72 Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Baskonia grabbed its second win of the week as it fought past LDLC Villeurbanne 69-72 on the road. After beating Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Tuesday for its first EuroLeague win of 2022, Baskonia used a 2-12 run in the last 3 minutes, and Matthew Castello hit two free throws with 1.7 seconds to play to improve to 9-19. Alec Peters led the way with 17 points. ASVEL has now lost seven straight and nine of the last ten games for a 9-18 record.

ALBA Berlin 90-75 Olympiacos Piraeus

ALBA continued to play the role of a spoiler to perfection, sinking 13 three-pointers on just 21 attempts in defeating visiting Olympiacos 90-75 on Thursday night in the German capital. It was the fourth consecutive win for ALBA, which improved to 11-16 on the season, while Olympiacos remained in fourth place despite its record dropping to 16-10. Maodo Lo scored a career-high 27 points and had seven assists and five rebounds for the winners. Sasha Vezenkov led Olympiacos with 19 points, nine rebounds, and four steals.

Real Madrid 92-88 AX Armani Exchange Milan

Real put an end to its four-game losing streak by downing Milan 92-88 in the Spanish capital on Friday. Real improved to 21-7 in the standings while Milan dropped to 17-9. Sergio Llull shined late and led the winners with 20 points, and Guerschon Yabusele added 16 for Los Blancos. Devon Hall paced Milan with 21 points.

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