In the anticipated EuroLeague top-of-the-table clash, Olympiacos gained the upper hand to move level at the summit while Barcelona’s struggles continue with another loss, this time to Unicaja Malaga.
With Olympiacos’ starting front-court of Georgios Printezis and Nikola Milutinov sidelined, Jamel McLean took advantage of his opportunity and erupted for 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Reds to a narrow 88-86 win over CSKA Moscow in Greece.
Both teams move to 10-3 with this result.
Unicaja Malaga secured its second straight win and second on the road this season by beating out-of-sorts Barcelona 90-83 in Catalonia.
Nemanja Nedovic matched his career high with 26 points as Unicaja handed Barcelona its fourth straight loss.
Olimpia Milan snapped its four-game losing streak of its own in the EuroLeague by downing Baskonia 92-85.
Curtis Jerrells and Andrew Goudelock led the winners with 15 points apiece.
Khimki downed Anadolu Efes 86-68 to ensure that the latter’s new head coach Ergin Ataman got off to a losing start.
Alexey Shved led the winners with 25 points.