Panathinaikos’ downfall in the EuroLeague continued on Thursday night, as the “Greens” suffered another defeat.
This time, the six-time EuroLeague champions saw Baskonia dominate them in the last part of the game and cruise to an easy home win (93-72).
Panathinaikos remained competitive for 25 minutes, yet the Basques went on an impressive 43-23 run over the final 15 minutes and never looked back.
This was the fourth straight loss for Panathinaikos in the EuroLeague and sixth in the last seven EuroLeague games.
Alec Peters and Luca Vildoza scored 19 points apiece for the winners. Pierria Henry posted 14 and a career-high 12 assists (one away from the club record) for his first EuroLeague career double-double.
Baskonia had an excellent scoring night, making 20 of 28 two-point shots (71.4%) and 13 of 29 threes (44.8%)
Panathinaikos, who saw Ioannis Papapetrou score 17 points, dropped to 2-6. On the other hand, Baskonia completed a perfect week and now is at 4-4.
Anadolu Efes returned to the winning track following their home loss to Bayern Munich earlier in the week.
The Turks crushed Khimki at home, thanks to their extraordinary offensive performance (77-105).
Krunoslav Simon (24 points, one shy of his EuroLeague personal-best), Shane Larkin (20 and seven assists) and Tibor Pleiss (18) combined for 62 points for the winners.
On the contrary, Khimki star Alexey Shved saw his streak of scoring in double digits end in 78 games (nine points, nine assists).
Efes was in front by seven at halftime (51-58) and never looked back. The visitors outscored their opponents 26-47 in the second half and triumphed over the Russians.
Efes now is at 5-4, whereas Khimki dropped to 2-7 in the EuroLeague standings.
CSKA Moscow extended its winning streak in the EuroLeague to five games, as they rallied past Bayern Munich on the road (81-89).
Mike James (25 points) and Nikola Milutinov (season-high 18 points) were the best players of the Muscovites.
Wade Baldwin tied his career-high in the EuroLeague with 19 points, while Jalen Reynolds added 18 for the losing squad.
The Russians turned things around in the second half, outscored the Bavarians 42-53 and sealed the deal.
Both teams now have identical records in the EuroLeague (7-3).