2018-19Regular SeasonRound 14
December 21, 2018 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Gudaitis leads Milan past Panathinaikos

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan broke its five-game losing streak by topping Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 83-86 in the Greek capital. Milan improved to 7-7, joining a pack of teams fighting to stay in playoffs territory, while Panathinaikos dropped to 6-8 and ranks 11th overall. Arturas Gudaitis led the winners with 20 points. Curtis Jerrells added 15, Mike James had 12 against his former team while Vladimir Micov and Nemanja Nedovic each had 10. Nick Calathes led Panathinaikos with 24 points and 11 assists. Nikos Pappas added 13, James Gist had 12 while Matt Lojeski and DeShaun Thomas each got 11 for the hosts.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo got Panathinaikos going with a tip-in and a block. Calathes added a triple but Micov struck twice from downtown to keep Milan within 7-6. Calathes and Antetokoumpo kept pacing Panathinaikos and a jump hook by Gist made it a five-point game, 13-8. Gist ignited the crowd with an alley-oop dunk but Jerrells and an unstoppable Gudaitis brought Milan close. A layup by Thomas and a put-back basket by Gudaitis fixed the score at 23-21 after 10 minutes. Jerrells and Nedovic give Milan its first lead early in the second, before Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored in penetration and Dairis Bertans followed Gudaitis's dunk with corner triple that made it a double-digit game, 23-33, after a 0-14 run. Calathes scored three times in penetration and Pappas followed a triple with coast-a to-coast layup, but Nedovic struck twice from downtown for a 40-47 Milan lead at halftime. Free throws restored Milan’s double-digit after the break, and a three-pointer by Jerrells boosted his team's margin to 43-56. Thomas answered from downtown and a floater by Calathes brought the hosts a bit closer, 56-64, after 30 minutes. Jerrells hit his third triple early in the fourth quarter but Dimos Mitoglu capped a 6-0 run with a layup, and a layup by Gist pulled the hosts back to 70-73. A floater by Micov and a step-back triple by James gave Milan a 74-82 edge, but Calathes, Matt Lojeski and Steph Lasme brought Panathinaikos back. A layup by Lojeski made it a one-point game, 83-84, with 6.6 seconds to go. Antetokounmpo fouled Nedovic, who hit both free throw attempts with 0.6 seconds remaining, and Panathinaikos did not get another shot up in time.

Pivotal performer

Arturas Gudaitis was a dominant force in the paint and had yet another stellar performance: 20 points on 7-of-8 two-point shots and 6-of-7 free throws, 8 rebounds, a steal and 6 fouls drawn, good for a PIR of 28.

Game-changing moment

The teams traded baskets for the best part of the fourth quarter, but a floater by Vladimir Micov and a big, step-back three-pointer by Mike James made the difference, 74-82, with 3 minutes remaining.

Stellar stat

Three-point shooting was a big factor in this game. Panathinaikos hit just 4 of 12 shots from downtown (33.3%) and Milan did a lot better, burying 9 of 20 attempts from beyond the arc (45%).

Did you notice?

Gudaitis reached the 20-point mark for just the second time in his 70-game EuroLeague career. He previously had 20 points against Real Madrid on 24 October 2017. Nick Calathes had his first game with more than 20 points and more than 10 assists in his 164-game EuroLeague career, but could not help his team get the win.

Next game

Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action next week. Milan visits Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv on Thursday in a rematch of the 1987 and 1988 Championship Games. A day later, Panathinaikos hosts CSKA Moscow for a rematch of the 2007 and 2009 Championship Games.

Arturas Gudaitis - AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan - EB18
Friday, December 21, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; MOGULKOC, EMIN; PASTUSIAK, PIOTR
Attendance: 9052
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens23171627
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan21261722
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens23405683
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan21476486
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN 23:51 11 4/7 1/3 0/2   6 6 1 1       2 3 13
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 5:13   0/2               1     1   -4
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 1:45                 1       1    
7 LASME, STEPHANE 14:47 6 3/6     1 1 2   2       2 1 6
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 33:37 13 2/4 1/4 6/6   3 3 2   1     2 3 13
14 GIST, JAMES 25:23 12 5/6 0/1 2/4 2 5 7 1 2 2     3 4 17
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 5:11           1 1     1          
24 LOJESKI, MATT 17:07 11 4/6 1/1   1 1 2     2   2 3   4
33 CALATHES, NICK 34:49 24 9/17 1/3 3/5   2 2 11 1 3   1 4 5 23
43 ANTETOKOUNMPO, THANASIS 25:10 4 2/3     3 2 5   3 1 1   4   7
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 13:07 2 1/1     1   1           2   1
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 83 30/52 4/12 11/17 8 24 32 15 10 12 1 3 24 16 82
        57.7% 33.3% 64.7%
Head coach: VOVORAS, GIORGOS
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 JAMES, MIKE 34:59 12 1/8 1/5 7/7   4 4 8 1 5   1 2 5 11
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 32:25 10 2/5 2/5 0/3 2 3 5 2 1 1 2   3 2 9
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 24:35 20 7/8   6/7 1 7 8   1 1     4 6 28
9 BERTANS, DAIRIS 11:33 3 0/2 1/1           1       2    
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB 15:25 5 1/1   3/4 2 2 4   1 1     1 3 10
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 18:09 10 1/4 2/3 2/2   1 1 6   3       3 13
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 14:52 9 3/4   3/4 1 1 2 1 2 1       3 14
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 BURNS, CHRISTIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 BROOKS, JEFF 25:03 2 1/2     1 5 6 1   1 1   2   6
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 22:59 15 3/5 3/6         1 1       2 2 12
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 86 19/39 9/20 21/27 9 23 32 19 8 14 3 1 16 24 104
        48.7% 45% 77.8%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan

"I think we deserved this win because we led more or less all game long. It is never easy here, especially for us because we are not in an easy moment. We didn't have Panathinaikos's pace, so leading all the game here is not easy. With all that, my players showed the right mentality to stay in the game. They excelled at following the game plan and were smart for 38 minutes. As for the last minute and a half, we need to survive in those moments, in this atmosphere and when Panathinaikos was pushing."

"Losses can happen – with this new format, now you can win or lose anywhere, anytime. I prepared the game to keep my players calm and keep working. If we lost by one basket, we could win by one basket. After a big loss against Real Madrid in the beginning of the season, we came here to Greece and beat Olympiacos. This can happen, especially to us, since we have injury problems until now. These five losses had to do a lot with our injuries and problems. Nedovic came back and is playing limited minutes, I have to play him for 5 minutes and then put him on the bench. This team keeps working in the right way, every day. We didn't have the same goals as Panathinaikos at the beginning of the season. For us, it is about being better and better, trying to escape from the last positions, where we were last season. With this attitude, my players don't look at the standings, but play with confidence everywhere against everybody. We have to keep working and victories will come back."

Players

THOMAS, DESHAUN
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It was a tough game. I felt like the team that made less mistakes won, and they did. But overall we fought, we showed something out there, but just came up short."
JERRELLS, CURTIS
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"We had five losses in a row. Coach didn't have to say anything special about motivation or even the players wouldn't have to do anything special in the locker room or anything like that. You lose five in a row, something has to change. I think that our mentality and our energy were different tonight, and even when they made their run, we stayed together. That was important. Hopefully we can learn from this as a team and play together, playing defense can get us a win and that is what we need right now."
GUDAITIS, ARTURAS
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"We sacrificed in the end and made the difference. It is very tough to win in the EuroLeague, especially in front of this crowd, but we are happy we did that today."
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