EuroLeague Round 27 recap: Olympiacos and Barcelona returned to the winning track

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The 27th round of the EuroLeague started on Tuesday (19/03), with Olympiacos and Barcelona maintaining a playoff and top four push, respectively.

The “Reds” were dominant on both ends of the floor and decimated Bayern Munich at home (89-69). This win helps the Greeks boost their playoff hopes and come one step closer to the postseason.

Olympiacos led by as many as 27 points (71-44) and cruised to an easy victory, whereas the Germans lost their third straight game and now are on the brink of elimination.

Zach LeDay and Nikola Milutinov led the winners with 23 and 20 points, respectively. On the other hand, Petteri Koponen and Devin Booker stood out for the losing squad, with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Olympiacos improved to 14-13, whereas Bayern Munich dropped to 12-15.

After a close first half (38-39), Barcelona exploded and outscored Gran Canaria 55-29 to earn an easy win and remain alive in the battle of the fourth place (93-64).

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, with Kevin Pangos leading the way with 19 points. D.J Strawberry was the best player of the losing squad, posting a team-high 15 points.

Barcelona improved to 16-11, whereas Gran Canaria dropped to 7-20.

A 12-1 run in the final six minutes of the game was enough for Fenerbahce to beat Buducnost at home (78-67) and remain on top of the standings.

The visitors led by 10 in the first half and remained competitive until the end of the third quarter (58-58).

Yet, the hosts closed the game on a 12-1 run and sealed the deal. The Turks outscored their opponents 18-9 in the fourth quarter.

Four players scored in double figures for the winners, as Nikola Kalinic led the way with 14 points (5/6 shooting) and six rebounds. Earl Clark was the best player of the losing squad, with a game-high 20 points.

Fenerbahce improved to 23-4, whereas Buducnost, which remained winless on the road, dropped to 6-21.

In a tough battle in front of 14.000 fans at the Sinan Erdem Dome, Cory Higgins made the game-winning two-pointer, with 1.9 seconds remaining, and gave CSKA Moscow a big win over Anadolu Efes on the road (78-80).

The Muscovites never trailed from the second quarter onwards, yet Krunoslav Simon tied the game twice in the final seconds (76-76, 78-78). But, Higgins stepped up and made the shot to lead the Russians to the victory.

The American guard finished the game with 19 points, as Kyle Hines added 15 (on 7/7 shooting) for the winners.

Bryant Dunston had 19 points and nine rebounds for the losing squad, with Simon contributing 13.

CSKA Moscow improved to 21-6 and assured a third-place finish or better at the end of the regular season. For their part, Anadolu Efes dropped to 17-10, but still have the upper hand in the battle of fourth place.

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