Sergio Llull Real Madrid
Photo: EuroLeague Basketball

Real Madrid edged Armani Milano at home (92-89) and remained alive in the hunt for the top spot in the EuroLeague standings.

In an offensive showdown in Madrid, the “Whites” came back from an 18-point deficit early in the second quarter (19-37) and defeated the Italians, who missed the opportunity to claim a big road win and boost their playoff chances.

Sergio Llull and Anthony Randolph were the best players of the winners, with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Mike James was unstoppable for the losing squad and finished the game with a career-high 35 points (11/18 shooting). Nemanja Nedovic and James Nunnally added 16 points apiece for the visitors.

Real Madrid improved to 21-6, whereas Armani Milano dropped to 14-13.

Baskonia came back from a 23-point deficit in the third quarter (56-33), but Panathinaikos stepped up and closed the game on a 14-9 run to earn a crucial win and maintain a play-off push (72-70).

Four players scored in double figures for the winners, with DeShaun Thomas leading the way with 16 points. On the other hand, Marcelinho Huertas and Shavon Shields had 13 points apiece for the losing squad.

Both teams now have identical records (14-13), yet the Basques hold the tie-breaker, thanks to their nine-point victory in Round 9.

Zalgiris Kaunas went on a 7-18 run in the last four minutes of the game and stunned Maccabi Tel-Aviv on the road (83-85).

The Israelis had a double-digit lead before halftime, but the Lithuanians turned things around and edged their opponents.

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, as Leo Westermann had a team-high 16 points. Scottie Wilbekin and Tarik Black scored a game-high 18 points apiece for the losing squad.

Both teams now have identical records (12-15), but are on the brink of elimination. Zalgiris earned its fourth win in the last five games.

Khimki came back from an 11-point deficit (57-46) against Darussafaka, but the Turks stood tall and beat the Russians (91-85), putting an end to a six-game losing streak.

Michael Eric led the winners with 22 points and 15 rebounds, as Jeremy Evans and Toney Douglas added 20 points apiece.

Alexey Shved and Jordan Mickey were the best players of the losing squad, with 31 and 22 points, respectively.

Darussafaka improved to 4-23, whereas Khimki dropped to 9-18. Both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs.

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