CSKA dominates the Leningradka Derby
CSKA Moscow confirmed its great moment in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season by downing cross-town rivals Khimki Moscow Region 69-78 in the Leningradka Derby at Arena Mytishchi on Thursday. CSKA improved to 16-6 in the standings and grabbed its fifth consecutive win. Khimki dropped to 9-13 after registering its sixth loss in seven games. Mike James led the winners with 21 points, while Johannes Voigtmann had 15 and 14 rebounds. Kyle Hines added 13 points and Howard Sant-Roos 12 for CSKA. Alexey Shved led Khimki with 27 points. Janis Timma added 12 for the hosts. Sergey Monia, Shved and Timma each hit a triple to give Khimki an early 15-11 lead. Sant-Roos rescued CSKA, getting help from James and Voigtmann to put the guests ahead, 19-23 after 10 minutes. CSKA's second unit responded in the second quarter and an outstanding James boosted his team's margin to 32-40 at halftime. Voigtmann and Sant-Roos stepped up after the break and a three-point play by Semen Antonov sealed the outcome, 38-59, at the end of the third quarter. Khimki never recovered.
Stefan Jovic and Devin Booker got Khimki going but Hines dunked and Voigtmann added a jump hook to quickly tied it at 4-4. Monia and James each struck from downtown but so did Shved for a 10-7 Khimki lead. Sant-Roos scored fed Joel Bolomboy for an alley-oop dunk but Timma kept Khimki in charge, 15-11. James and a red-hot Sant-Roos combined for 8 points in a 1-10 run that Voigtmann capped with a layup for a 16-21 CSKA lead. Jonas Jerebko downed a triple but Voigtmann scored again to restore a 19-23 CSKA edge after 10 minutes. Vyacheslav Zaytsev dunked early in the second quarter and Timma buried a three-pointer off a screen to let Khimki regain the lead, 24-23. Bolomboy took over with an off-balance layup which Darrun Hilliard followed with a fastbreak basket that put CSKA back in charge, 24-27. James buried an outstanding three-pointer in transition, getting help from Voigtmann and Ron Baker to give the guests a 29-36 margin. Jovic hit from beyond the arc but CSKA kept scoring fluently in the paint. Hines scored down low off a great pass by Nikita Kurbanov, then Voigtmann dunked for a 32-40 score at halftime. Voigtmann sank a wide open triple soon after the break to make it a double-digit game, 32-43. Timma and Shved tried to change things for Khimki but Voigtmann and Sant-Roos scored around the basket to keep CSKA way ahead, 36-47. James silenced the crowd with a show-stopping dunk, Voigtmann added a put-back basket and Sant-Roos sank a jumper that broke the game open, 36-53, after an 0-8 run. Hilliard connected from downtown and Antonov added a layup-plus-free throw to seal a 38-59 score after three quarters. Khimki kept fighting, as Shved had 5 points in a 0-7 run that got the hosts within 46-59. Hines rescued CSKA with a three-point play and Sant-Roos beat the shot clock with a wild turnaround jumper to restore a 52-66 lead. James downed a 10-meter triple but Shved and Jovic also struck from downtown to keep Khimki within 56-69. Nothing changed after that, as CSKA kept full control until the final buzzer.
Sant-Roos arguably had his best game in his short time with CSKA, showcasing his skills with a true all-around performance. He finished the game with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 2 fouls drawn for a PIR of 18 in just his third EuroLeague game.
CSKA broke the game open midway through the third quarter with three consecutive great plays. In the best one, Sant-Roos dove to save a backcourt violation and James detonated one of the most outstanding dunks of the season. Voigtmann scored around the basket and Sant-Roos added a jumper. All of a sudden, CSKA led 36-53 after an 0-8 run and had taken full control for good.
CSKA protected the paint really well, especially in the first half, in which Khimki scored just 2 of 12 two-point shots (16.7%). CSKA outrebounded Khimki by 16-22 before halftime, too. Nothing changed after the break: CSKA finished the game with 23-of-43 two-point shooting and 16 offensive rebounds, limiting Khimki to just 7 of 20 two-pointers and 6 offensive boards.
Did you notice?
A moment of silence took place to honor Robert Archibald and Kobe Bryant, who passed away this weekend. Additionally, Khimki took a 24-second violation to start the game, and CSKA followed that with an 8-second backcourt violation. The late Bryant wore both numbers, 8 and 24, during his NBA career. Both teams wore special T-shirts during teams presentations to honor Bryant, too.
CSKA welcomes standings leader Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Round 23 next Tuesday to open a double-round week. Khimki visits Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
Thursday, January 30, 2020