2019-20Regular SeasonRound 23
February 05, 2020 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA

Maccabi rallies past Khimki in a thriller

In a thriller between playoffs contenders, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv rallied from 13 points behind to edge visiting Khimki Moscow Region 80-77 on Wednesday, ending its two-game losing streak. Maccabi's record rose to 15-8, ever closer to a playoff qualification, while Khimki lost its seventh in eight games to fall to 9-15. Elijah Bryant replaced the injured Scottie Wilbekin, Maccabi's top scorer, with 21 points that included many key ones in a tight finish. Tyler Dorsey added 12 points, while teenager Deni Avdija had 11 and 9 rebounds, with Othello Hunter right behind with 10 and 8, respectively. Khimki got 18 points from Alexey Shved and 17 from Jonas Jerebko to go with 13 from Janis Timma and 11 from Stefan Jovic. Khimki went up 34-47 late in the first half, but by early in the second, Maccabi had rallied into the lead, setting the stage for a tug-of-war battle to the finish that Bryant's 3 points in the final minute decided.

It was all three-pointers in the early going. Bryant and Quincy Acy both hit for the hosts, but while Timma nailed a pair and Sergey Monia followed him for the visitors to go in front, 9-13. Shved made his presence felt to extend the Khimki lead to 13-18. Dorsey's three-pointer soon helped Maccabi get within 20-22, but Shved's first triple let Khimki lead 20-28 after 10 minutes. Sergey Karasev's put-back gave Khimki a 20-30 lead to start the second quarter. Jalen Reynolds, with 7 points, sparked Maccabi's comeback to within 31-33. Shved answered from deep as he and Jerebko restored the double-digit difference at 31-42. Maccabi couldn't hit anything for a stretch until Avdija detonated a fastbreak dunk, but Stefan Jovic answered from the corner as Khimki stretched its advantage to 36-47 at the half. Bryant busted out with the first 5 points after the break and Hunter slammed to cut the difference to 43-47. Bryant kept it going and Avdija fed Acy for a go-ahead corner triple. Shved stopped Maccabi's 12-0 run with a three-point play, but Hunter's put-back and-one tied it 50-50. Jerebko followed a slam with a fadeaway jumper to make it 52-55. Angelo Caloiaro would put Maccabi ahead 56-55 only to see Jovic and Jerebko connect on another dunk. Jovic and Aaron Jackson traded three-pointers to leave a 60-60 tie after 30 minutes. Dorsey's corner triple lifted the Maccabi fans from their seats to open the fourth quarter. Timma and Jovic flipped the lead at 63-64, but it flipped twice again as Bryant and Egor Vialtsev both scored. Avdija broke a 67-67 tie from the corner, but Jerebko copied him. Bryant's second-chance layup was bettered by Devin Booker's three-pointer, putting Khimki up 72-73 with 4 minutes left. Hunter finished a break for Maccabi, but Shved rainbowed his third triple in 11 tries to make it 74-76 for the visitors and then stole from Maccabi out of a timeout. Out of the next one, however, Avdija fed Dorsey for a go-ahead triple at 77-76 with 1:22 to play. Booker got to the free throw line to hit 1 of 2, leaving a 77-77 tie going into the last minute. Bryant broke down Jovic and hit a floater, then Maccabi won a jump ball with 12 seconds left that sent him to the line 10 seconds later to seal the victory.

Pivotal performer

With Wilbekin watching in street clothes, Maccabi needed a scorer to measure up to Shved, and Elijah Bryant outdid himself with a personal-best 21 points to go with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 21.

Game-changing sequence

Maccabi trailed 34-47 a minute before halftime. Avdija scored before that buzzer, and right after the break, Bryant had 7 points in what became a 14-0 Maccabi run to give the hosts their first lead, 48-47. Avdija assisted on the other 5 points in that run, which turned the game into a dogfight in which Maccabi eventually prevailed.

Stats story

The teams were tied with PIRs of 85 and 10 three-pointers each, but Khimki bested Maccabi in free throws (13 to 9), assists (19 to 13), steals (6 to 3), blocks (4 to 3) and turnovers (8 to 10). Maccabi made the difference in more offensive rebounds (14 to 10) and two-pointers made (21 to 17) even though they shot worse there (45.7% to 56.7%). Khimki making only 10 of 36 three-pointers (27.8%) was the other difference maker.

Next games

Both teams turn around in 48 hours to play Round 24 on Friday. Maccabi travels to play Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul while Khimki returns home to try its luck against Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade.

Elijah Bryant - Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv - EB19
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB; VYKLICKY, ROBERT; KOLJENSIC, MILOS
Attendance: 10470
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv20162420
Khimki Moscow Region28191317
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv20366080
Khimki Moscow Region28476077
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 BRYANT, ELIJAH 27:14 21 7/14 2/5 1/2 1 5 6 4 2     2 3 4 21
2 ACY, QUINCY 22:41 6   2/4   2 4 6 1     2   2 3 14
3 REYNOLDS, JALEN 13:03 7 3/4   1/1   5 5   1       2 2 12
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO 17:07 4 1/2   2/4   2 2 2           3 8
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 26:57 10 5/12   0/1 8   8     1   1 3 1 6
6 COHEN, SANDY 12:19 6 2/2 0/2 2/2   3 3 1   1 1   2 3 9
8 AVDIJA, DENI 26:13 11 3/5 1/4 2/6 1 8 9 4   2       5 18
9 JACKSON, AARON 25:39 3 0/4 1/2   1 2 3     2   1 1   -3
11 DORSEY, TYLER 23:02 12 0/2 4/8         1   4     5   -2
15 COHEN, JAKE 5:45   0/1     1   1             1 1
32 STOUDEMIRE, AMAR'E DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 80 21/46 10/25 8/16 14 30 44 13 3 10 3 4 18 22 85
        45.7% 40% 50%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
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
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 28:18 18 2/9 3/12 5/6   3 3 10 1 2 1 2 2 6 16
5 BOOKER, DEVIN 17:56 7 1/3 1/1 2/4   6 6 1   5     4 2 3
6 TIMMA, JANIS 32:40 13 3/5 2/10 1/2   3 3 1 1   1 1 1 1 7
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 12:36 2 1/1 0/2   2 1 3   2       3   2
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 7:18 2 1/1   0/1 1 1 2     1     2 1 1
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 16:28 4 2/2 0/1   2 2 4 1         1 1 8
10 DESIATNIKOV, ANDREI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 JEREBKO, JONAS 32:49 17 6/8 1/4 2/2 2 3 5 2 1   1   2 3 22
12 MONIA, SERGEY 23:59 3   1/2   1 5 6 1 1   1   3   8
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 27:56 11 1/1 2/4 3/4   1 1 3         4 4 12
34 BARASHKOV, MAKSIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 77 17/30 10/36 13/19 10 29 39 19 6 8 4 3 22 18 85
        56.7% 27.8% 68.4%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We were very nervous. We started to feel under pressure when [Khimki] got leads of 10 points or more. We were under pressure, we lost our concentration completely. We didn't execute on offense, played bad on defense, gave away easy baskets and let them get a lot of offensive rebounds. What we said at halftime is we had to fight in a different way. Step by step, play by play. I relaxed them, because you need to understand that the players want the best for the team. They are fighting, and sometimes the pressure is too much. But I love how they played in the second half. To receive 47 points in one half and 30 in the second, this is a big issue. And, of course, after good defense, we had also rhythm on offense and we scored some transition points, easy points, and you saw how we fought to the end. It was a derby until the end, but the most important thing is that we fought and we deserved to win the game."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"It was a tough game. It's usually tough to play in Tel Aviv at Maccabi's arena because they have good fans and good energy. Tonight it was a great game for both teams. Okay, in the end of the game we made more wrong decisions. So, in the end, Maccabi got better luck. Congratulations to them. In our three timeouts, we were talking about mismatches that we got because Maccabi started to switch with five guys. We got our best playmaker, Alexey Shved, against Hunter in the middle of the court. We were pushing Alexey to play one-on-one, not to shoot from the three-point arc, because he is faster. Okay, he took other decisions. He scored some balls but missed a lot of ones. As I told earlier, some of our decisions were not good because we have not bad big guys inside. In this kind of mismatches, we had to put the ball inside. Usually, I always talk at practices, in the games, within the team that we don't have good balance with two- and three-point shots because we made more three-point shots than two-point shots. The numbers that I like is one three-point shot to two two-point shots. This is the balance for the win. As for us, sometimes we score well but tonight our three-point percentage was not so good. This is how I sometimes say we are close to good or bad luck. It's impossible to win in the EuroLeague against clubs with good organization and good discipline, like Maccabi, with a lottery. We must control something and in the third quarter we had some problems with these issues."

Players

BRYANT, ELIJAH
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I've been putting extra work in all week. I played a terrible game in our last game, and it was just a testament to keep on working and our coach having belief in his players. So it was fun. You miss some, you make some, but you trust the work you put in and I trust my process, so I'll live with that. We have another game to win on Friday. We'll enjoy this one, but we have to stay focused."
AVDIJA, DENI
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"First of all, [Khimki] is a great offensive team. They have a lot of offensive weapons, just a great offensive team. We knew that if we wanted to win the game, we had to play harder defense. That's what we did in the second half. In the first half, they were blowing up, with almost 50 points at halftime. They just killed us in the first half. In the second half, we stepped up. I think everybody from our players gave 120 percent to get this win. I'm a young player, and I think as time develops, I'm progressing and progressing. I can tell you that I really enjoy and love to see that progression. I'm still working hard. I miss a lot of free throws and have a lot of mistakes in my game. I'm trying to work on it, and I'm hopeful to improve. But to play with these teammates is a big honor, to have all of this experience and toughness around me is just an amazing environment."
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