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Barcelona celebrating their second straight win in the EuroLeague on Thursday night. Photo: EuroLeague Basketball

CSKA Moscow slipped up to begin 2018 as Barcelona continued their mini-resurgence with a big win over the EuroLeague pacesetters.

Barcelona downed CSKA Moscow 85-72 in front of a sellout crowd at Palau Blaugrana in the first round of games of the new year.

The Catalan side improved to 6-10 in the standings after recording its second consecutive win, while CSKA dropped to 12-4. Petteri Koponen led a balanced Barcelona attack with 13 points.

Valencia rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to stun a fellow-Liga Endesa side Unicaja Malaga 85-83 on the road.

It was the second consecutive EuroLeague win for Valencia, which improved to 5-11 on the season, while Unicaja had its four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-9.

Rafa Martinez netted 17 points for Valencia.

Nick Calathes returned after a three-game absence to produce 17 points, nine assists and three steals for Panathinaikos as they beat Anadolu Efes 90-79.

The win continued Panathinaikos’ unbeaten home record.