He did that too! The terrible and terrible Nick Calathes recalled … Stef Cari and with an unlikely three-point from the 8 meters to the final of the race won the victory in the excellent Panathinaikos in Moscow, 78-77 of the CSKA. Nick Calathes made a crazy three-pointer at the buzzer, and Panathinaikos upset CSKA in Moscow on Friday night. Thanks to this victory (77-78), the Greek club boosted its chances to reach the playoffs.
This was the fourth straight win for the “Greens” and the fifth in the last six games. On the other hand, the Russians saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end. Panathinaikos improved to a 13-13 record, whereas CSKA Moscow dropped to 20-6.
The Russian hosts controlled the game in the first half (41-35). Yet, the Greek visitors stayed close and remained competitive until the end (59-58).
Rick Pitino’s team trailed by two points (77-75) with 10 seconds to go. Then Cory Higgins missed a free throw for CSKA, and Nick Calathes made a deep three-pointer at the other end to stun CSKA (77-78). This was the first win for Panathinaikos over CSKA in Moscow in eight years.
“The Greens” looked at the team of Dimitris Itoudis and even though they had lost 7 points seven minutes before the end of the race, they made the total fall and reached the pink leaves!
Nick Calathes eventually finished the game with 11 points and nine assists. Three more players scored in double digits for the Greek winners. On the other hand, Sergio Rodriguez (23 points) and Higgins (14 points) stood out for the losing squad.
Periods: 20-18, 41-35, 59-58, 77-78
CSKA Moscow (Itoudis):, Antonov 3, Rodriguez 23 (5 / 8 3’s), Claybern 9 (12 rebounds), Higgins 14, Hackett 8, Kurbanov 5, Hines 8 (9 rebounds), Hacket 7.
Panathinaikos (Pittino): Calathes 11 (9 assists), Lekatsitsius 5, Kiltpatrick 6, Langford 8, Papapetrou 10 (9 rebounds), Antetockounbo 5, Thomas 12 points and 6 rebounds, Gist 11, Papagiannis 8, Vougioukas 2.