Reigning EuroLeague champions Fenerbahce celebrated coach Zeljko Obradovic’s 58th birthday by becoming the latest team to book their place in the Playoffs by fending off Zalgiris 85-78 in a thrilling clash in Kaunas.
A 17-5 burst in the fourth quarter proved to be a game-changer as Fenerbahce made sure that their campaign carries on past the regular season. Luigi Datome led the way with 16 points.
Paulius Jankunas led Zalgiris with 15 points.
Nando De Colo starred as league leaders CSKA Moscow eased to a 101-79 win over Unicaja Malaga in the Russian capital.
De Colo went for 23 points as CSKA secured their 20th win of the season and with that, they sealed home court advantage in the playoffs.
Already qualified Olympiacos had to work hard for their 87-79 win over Brose Bamberg in Piraeus.
Olympiacos raised its record to 18-7 to retain second place in the standings, while Brose dropped to 9-16. Veteran Vassilis Spanoulis had 17 points for the winners.
Barcelona put a massive dent in Crvena Zvezda’s playoff hopes as the Catalan side held their Serbian counterparts to just five points in the quarter to register a comfortable 88-54 win.
Pau Ribas led the winners with 18 points as they snapped a five-game losing streak.