Marius Grigonis Zalgiris Kaunas
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The third round of the EuroLeague started with six games on Thursday (17/10), with Zalgiris Kaunas handing Real Madrid its first loss.

In front of a sold-out crowd at the Zalgirio Arena, Zalgiris earned its first victory in the season (1-2), after rallying past Real Madrid (86-73), thanks to a 29-13 run in the fourth quarter.

Zach LeDay led the winners with 26 points, whereas Anthony Randolph had 15 points for the losing squad.

In Moscow, CSKA dominated Khimki (99-86) and remained perfect in the competition (3-0). The “Bear” was in front from start to finish and led by as many as 16 points to cruise to the victory.

Mike James led the winners with a game-high 28 points, whereas Alexey Shved had a team-high 25 points for the losing squad.

In Istanbul, Fenerbahce overpowered Baskonia (87-80) and registered its first win in the EuroLeague, with Nando De Colo making an incredible performance.

The French guard had a career-high 39 points and helped his team make a 16-6 run in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.

For the Basques, Tornike Shengelia posted a team-high 18 points. Both teams now have identical records (1-2).

In Munich, Bayern was unstoppable and decimated ASVEL Villeurbanne (104-63), handing the French their first defeat in the league.

The Bavarians played excellent on both ends (30-13, 57-35) and claimed an easy victory at home. Both teams now have identical records (2-1).

Maodo Lo posted a game-high 19 points for the winners, whereas Amine Noua scored 16 points for the losing squad.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv defeated Crvena Zvezda in overtime at the sold-out Menora Mivtachim Arena (84-69) and put an end to its two-game losing streak (1-2).

The Israelis made an explosive start (14-2, 24-13), but the Serbians turned things around in the fourth quarter, thanks to a 12-20 run, and forced an overtime (67-67). In the extra period, Maccabi outscored Zvezda 17-2 and sealed the deal.

Scottie Wilbekin had 16 points for the winners, whereas Stratos Perperoglou posted a game-high 18 points for the losing squad.

Both teams now have identical records (1-2).

In a late thriller in Athens, which was decided in the final seconds, Armani Milano survived Panathinaikos and claimed a big win on the road (78-79).

In a close game with plenty of lead changes (20-24, 38-38, 57-61, 68-61, 76-77), Riccardo Moraschini gave the Italians the win with a pair of free throws, with 8.8 seconds to go.

Nick Calathes missed the two-pointer at the buzzer and the “Greens” suffered their second straight defeat (1-2).

Vladimir Micov was the best player of the winners with 18 points, whereas Calathes finished the game with 23 points.