March ended with three exciting Euroleague showdowns on Thursday night to start Round 33.
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 87-86 Real Madrid
Panathinaikos pulled off a late-season upset when it knocked off Real Madrid 87-86 at home to snap a 13-game losing streak to the Spanish side. Panathinaikos fended off every Real comeback attempt to win its first game over Los Blancos since Game 1 of the 2018 playoffs. Panathinaikos has won two of its last three games to improve to 8-18. Georgios Papagiannis collected 18 points, ten rebounds, and five blocks to lead the way. Real’s late-season slump continued with its seventh loss in the last nine games for an 18-9 record. Thomas Heurtel had 18 points in the loss.
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv 94-73 LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
On Thursday night, Maccabi dominated, visiting ASVEL 94-73 at Menora Mivtachim Arena to clinch a berth in the playoffs. The Israeli champs claimed their fourth win in a row and remain unbeaten at home in 2022. Ante Zizic had 24 points, and James Nunnally added 16 to lead the way for the winners, who improved to 15-11. Charles Kahudi scored 12 points for ASVEL, which slipped to 8-19.
AX Armani Exchange Milan 63-72 AS Monaco
Monaco delivered a tremendous second half to grab a valuable road win, 63-72, at Milan on Thursday. The hosts led 37-31 at the interval, but Monaco went ahead for the first time – and for good – with a 1-20 run in the third quarter. Mike James led the winners against his former club, providing 19 points and seven assists. Shavon Shields was the only Milan player in double digits, scoring 22 points. Milan dropped to 18-9, while Monaco improved to 14-13 and will qualify for the playoffs if ALBA Berlin loses at Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Friday.