Real Madrid rallied past Crvena Zvezda at home (79-67) and is now on top of the standings, after Day 1 of EuroLeague Round 11.
Zvezda remained competitive in the first half (32-32), but the “Whites” took control in the third quarter. Playing excellent on both ends, they went on a 25-14 run to take the lead (57-46).
The Serbians never recovered after that and the hosts outscored them 47-36 in the second half to cruise to the victory. Real Madrid has now won four straight and improved to 9-2. On the other hand, Crvena Zvezda is on a two-game losing streak and dropped to 4-7.
In Munich, Bayern closed the game vs Panathinaikos on a 9-2 run and clinched a crucial home win in its effort to maintain a playoff push.
The “Greens” led for the majority of the game and were in front by nine, with six minutes to go (61-70). Yet, the Bavarians turned things around and made some clutch plays to seal the deal (81-78). The hosts outscored the six-time EuroLeague champions 20-8 in the last six minutes of the game.
Following its victory, Bayern is at 5-6 in the standings. On the contrary, Panathinaikos have now lost five straight and are close to the bottom, at 2-9.