Panathinaikos beat Barcelona, Euroleague hangover

Panathinaikos breathed new life into their Euroleague campaign with a 93-86 win over Barcelona in Group C.

Miroslav Raduljica led the winners with a Euroleague career-high 25 points on 8/9 two-point shooting and Dimitris Diamantidis rolled back the years with 20 points for Panathinaikos, who improve to 4-4.

“The most important thing is that we won the game,” Raduljica said. “I feel glad about personal records, but even happier because my team won. We played with energy since the start of the game and you saw the result.”

Alex Abrines paced already qualified Barcelona with 21 points.

The other Group C encounter saw Stelmet Zielona Gora shock Lokomotiv Kuban 66-51 in Krasnodar.

Mateusz Ponitka, Dee Bost and Dejan Borovnjak led the winners with 11 points in a well-balanced performance from the Polish side, who improve to 2-6 and give themselves a slim chance of qualification.

Maik Zirbes and Quincy Miller scored Euroleague career bests of 27 and 25 points, respectively as Crvena Zvezda bested Khimki 96-91 in a Group A thriller.

This result puts both sides at 4-4 in an interesting group, where Real Madrid are breathing down their necks.

“This is an important win for us but we have no time to celebrate because we are thinking about the next game,” Miller said. “Our fans are always amazing and they were amazing tonight, too.”

Bayern Munich joins both Khimki and Crvena Zvezda in second place on a 4-4 record after they beat Strasbourg 82-69 in France.

John Bryant hit two triples en route to 17 points for Bayern.

In Group D, Darussafaka Dogus beat Unicaja Malaga 63-57 at the Volkswagen Arena in Istanbul.

Leading 48-45, Malaga were then held to just nine points, allowing the Turkish side to take full advantage and seal the win.

Reggie Redding paced the victors with 19 points.

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