Vladimir Lucic Bayern Munich
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The new EuroLeague season started on Thursday (03/10) with four games, with the hosts protecting their home courts.

Khimki saw Maccabi Tel-Aviv come back from a 17-point deficit (73-56), but stood tall and earned their first win at home (89-83).

Alexey Shved had 22 points and six assists for the winners, whereas Tarik Black posted 17 for the losing squad.

In Munich, Bayern made a great performance on both ends and rallied past Armani Milano (78-64).

The Bavarians took a double-digit lead in the second quarter (37-25), but the Italians turned things around (63-60). Bayern sealed the deal thanks to a 9-1 run late in the fourth quarter.

Vladimir Lucic led the winners with 18 points, whereas Luis Scola had 17 points for the losing squad, in his first match in the EuroLeague after 12 years.

A 29-18 run in the third quarter was enough for Panathinaikos to overpower Crvena Zvezda in Athens (87-82).

The “Greens” were in front by 13 (66-53) and claimed the victory, as the Serbians did not come any closer than six points (76-70).

Nick Calathes finished the game with 21 points and seven assists for the winners, whereas former Panathinaikos player James Gist had 22 points for the losing squad.

Real Madrid endured the come-back of Fenerbahce and protected its home court in the opening round of the EuroLeague (81-77).

The “Whites” were in front by 12 in the fourth quarter (67-55), yet the Turks tied the game, thanks to a 6-18 run (73-73).

But, Facundo Campazzo and Jeffery Taylor made some big shots and helped the Spaniards seal the deal.

Taylor scored 19 points for the winners, whereas Nando De Colo had a game-high 22 points for the losing squad.