Codi Miller-McIntyre stepped up just when Partizan NIS Belgrade needed his leadership most, delivering a superb showing over the final 5 minutes on a career night. Partizan wasted a 12-point second-quarter lead and Miller-McIntyre made sure the team left Turkey with a victory, collecting 12 of his career-high 22 points down the stretch in a 76-82 win over Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul.
Miller-McIntyre hit a big three-pointer and jumper early in the second half as Bahcesehir had a strong start to the third quarter and was looking to put together a run. Partizan watched Bahcesehir score 4 straight points to knot the game 65-65 in the final quarter when Miller-McIntyre took over.
He drained a triple and long jumper immediately after a timeout and assisted on a Novica Velickovic three-pointer as the lead grew to 68-75. The advantage slipped to 72-75 but Miller-McIntyre stepped up again with a three-pointer and then with his team up 2, he hit a running layup off the glass to make it 76-80 with 8.2 seconds remaining.
Miller-McIntyre finished off Bahcesehir’s hopes with a steal of the in-bounds pass and hit the jumper at the buzzer for a possible point difference tiebreaker down the road.
Partizan seems to live and die by Miller-McIntyre’s performance thus far this season. He combined for 19 points on 8-of-20 shooting with 7 assists and an index rating of 28 in Partizan’s two losses. The guard had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists for a PIR of 25 in the Round 2 win over Umana Reyer Venice. And Miller-McIntyre finished with 22 points, 7 assists and a career-high index rating of 28 in the victory against Bahcesehir.
"The main thing was us trying to stay positive - no matter if we were up or down, just try to maintain the same energy. If we lose focus for 5 or 6 minutes in the game, sometimes you can regain that focus and sometimes we don’t. Tonight I am proud of the team and the coaching staff because we came back and won," said Miller-McIntyre, who made sure his team got back into the win column.