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The 26th round of the EuroLeague started on Thursday, with five games taking place and Armani Milano claiming a crucial victory over Olympiacos (66-57).

A 26-16 run in the third quarter was enough for the Italians to take a double-digit lead and seal the deal (49-39). The “Reds” played very badly offensively and suffered their sixth loss in the last seven games.

Mike James led the winners with 27 points, six rebounds and six assists, whereas Nikola Milutinov had 13 points and nine rebounds for the winners.

Armani improved to 14-12, whereas Olympiacos dropped to 13-13, as both teams are still fighting for a playoff spot.

Real Madrid dominated Khimki from the second quarter onwards and cruised to an easy victory over the Russians in Moscow (75-100).

The “Whites” improved to 20-6 and secured the home-court advantage in the playoffs. On the other hand, Khimki dropped to 9-17 and now is on the brink of elimination.

Four players scored in double figures for the winners, as Fabien Causeur had a game-high 22 points. On the other hand, Alexey Shved scored a team-high 21 points for the losing squad.

Zalgiris Kaunas led by as many as 18 points against Bayern Munich and defeated the Germans in front of a sold-out crowd at the Zalgirio Arena (85-79).

The Lithuanians improved to 11-15 and remained alive in the playoff race, whereas Bayern dropped to 12-14.

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, with Marius Grigonis posting a game-high 18 points. On the other hand, Nihad Dedovic contributed a team-high 17 points for the losing squad.

A 13-21 run in the fourth quarter let Anadolu Efes escape from Tel-Aviv with a big victory over Maccabi (71-79).

The Turks improved to 17-9 and came one step closer to the playoffs and the home-court advantage. On the other hand, the Israelis suffered a painful defeat and dropped to 12-14.

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, as Vasilije Micic had a team-high 15 points.

Tarik Black had a game-high 18 points for the losing squad, with Johnny O’Bryant adding 13 points and seven rebounds.

Gran Canaria decimated Darussafaka at home (84-64) and snapped a 10-game losing streak in the EuroLeague.

The Spaniards, who saw head coach Pedro Martinez make his debut on the team’s bench, improved to 7-19, but have already been eliminated.

On the other hand, the Turks lost lost for a 10th time in the last 11 games and remained on the bottom of the table (3-23).

Marcus Eriksson led the winners with 16 points, whereas Kartal Ozmizrak scored 11 points for the losing squad.