2017-18Regular SeasonRound 30
April 05, 2018 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Barcelona hits 17 threes, downs Khimki

FC Barcelona Lassa never trialed and hit 17 three-pointers in holding off the visiting Khimki Moscow Region 86-82 on Thursday night. A win improved Barcelona to 11-19 in its last game of the season, while playoff-bound Khimki suffered its third consecutive loss to finish in eighth place with a 16-14 record. It means Khimki will face its city rival CSKA Moscow in the playoffs. Barcelona hit 8 of its first 11 three-point attempts and held 45-25 second-quarter lead. Khimki rallied behind Anthony Gill and Charles Jenkins to stay within single digits the most of the second half, but never got closer than 4 points. The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague's all-time scoring king, Juan Carlos Navarro, led the way with 17 points on 5-for-11 three-point shooting. Barcelona finishied the season hitting 36 three-point shots over two games, more than any other team this century. Thomas Heurtel netted 14 points in victory, while Anthony Gill paced Khimki with 21 points. Alexey Shved scored a season-low 15 and dished 8 assists. Charled Jenkins made 5 of 6 triples to also finish with 15 points, and Malcolm Thomas chipped in with 13 in defeat.

Barcelona was hot from the get-go. Heurtel and Adam Hanga hit triples, and after a transition three from Navarro, a four-point play from Heurtel helped open 19-8 lead. Thomas and Egor Vialtsev hit back-to-back threes for the visitors, before Pau Ribas and Jenkins traded threes. Navarro hit sixth three-pointer for the hosts in the first quarter, and Koponen hit back-to-back from downtown to open the second quarter and help increase the lead to 39-21. Barcelona extended the margin to 20 points on a three-point play by Pierre Oriola, making it 45-25. However, Gill sparked a 0-13 run with a pair of dunks and a three-point play, and Jenkins hit a pair of triples to cut within 45-38. Heurtel made another one from downtown for the hosts, restoring a double-digit deficit, and after Thomas Robinson and Gill scored inside for Khimki, Koponen beat the buzzer with a corner triple to make it 54-45 at halftime.

Thomas had an easy dunk, and Vialtsev a wide-open triple to get Khimki within 54-50. Navarro knocked down a triple, but Jenkins answered with his fifth from long range on as many attempts. Teams traded blows, as Ante Tomic and Thomas exchanged close-range buckets and Navarro and Shved hit triples to make it 64-60. More threes, one from Ribas and one from Koponen helped the hosts keep the lead at 72-66 going into the fourth quarter, and margin was extended to 77-66 after Ribas his team’s 16th triple, and Hanga raced for a fastbreak dunk. Gill and Robinson kept Khimki within range, but Hanga with a tip-in and Navarro with a triple from the left corner opened 84-70 margin midway through the fourth quarter. Khimki made a late charge, but it was too little too late.

Juan Carlos Navarro - FC Barcelona Lassa - EB17
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA), MOGULKOC, EMIN (TUR)
Attendance: 6829
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FC Barcelona Lassa31547286
Khimki Moscow Region18456682
FC Barcelona Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 RIBAS, PAU 15:41 12 0/1 4/7     1 1 2 1 1     1 1 11
8 PRESSEY, PHIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 HANGA, ADAM 22:06 9 3/5 1/5   2 1 3 2   1   1 3 3 6
10 JACKSON, EDWIN 5:14   0/1               1     1   -3
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 23:50 17 1/2 5/11     1 1 2   2     4 1 8
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS 26:05 14 2/2 3/4 1/1 1 2 3 5 1 6     2 3 17
14 VEZENKOV, ALEXANTER 13:58 2 0/1 0/2 2/2 2 4 6   1 1     3 2 4
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE 16:18 5 2/5 0/1 1/1 1 2 3 1 1 3 1   3 2 3
25 KOPONEN, PETTERI 27:04 12 0/1 4/6   3 2 5 2 1 1     2   14
32 DIAGNE, ATOUMANE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 TOMIC, ANTE 23:42 4 1/3   2/4 3 2 5 5 1 1   1   5 14
45 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 26:02 11 5/6 0/2 1/2 2 3 5 2   2     1 2 13
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 86 14/27 17/38 7/10 17 20 37 21 6 19 1 2 20 19 92
        51.9% 44.7% 70%
Head coach: PESIC, SVETISLAV
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
0 ROBINSON, THOMAS 15:00 9 4/9   1/2 1 7 8   2 1   1 1 4 14
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 32:33 15 1/3 2/9 7/7   3 3 8 2 3 1   2 7 22
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR 30:11 6   2/6     1 1 2 1 4     2 3 3
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 8:25   0/1 0/1         3         2   -1
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 19:46 2 1/2 0/1     1 1   1 1     4   -3
12 MONIA, SERGEY 8:24 1   0/1 1/2       1           2 2
13 GILL, ANTHONY 31:36 21 7/9 2/5 1/1 2 3 5 4 1 4 1   3 3 23
16 YAKUSHIN, TIMOFEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 29:05 15 0/1 5/6         5 2       3   17
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 25:00 13 4/4 1/2 2/2 3 3 6 1 1 2     2 1 17
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 82 17/29 12/31 12/14 10 19 29 24 10 15 2 1 19 20 99
        58.6% 38.7% 85.7%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

PESIC, SVETISLAV
FC Barcelona Lassa
“We are very happy to finish this game with a victory against a team that did not give up until the end. They wanted to win by any way. I don’t think we played excellent, but we played on offense with good confidence and made very good decisions, except in the last few minutes when we already won the game, to put it that way. Of course, we must learn that if you have a close game, or have a 10-point lead, if you play against a team that is on your level, or little worse or a little bit better, to keep the ball in your hands. And to finish the game with a 10-point advantage, which for me would be a real result of this game. But if everything would be perfect, the team would not need a coach. This is a reason coaches exist, to try to improve and eliminate mistakes we made in the last minutes of the game.”
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Khimki Moscow Region
“It looks like this game was an exhibition game. Both teams went out there without any desire to play any defense. That’s why Barcelona scored 31 points in the first quarter, and both teams had such high percentages in the first half. We looked like we were tired without having a lot of players on our roster. And even though we had a lot of open looks, we missed open shots and a lot of opportunities to tie the game and finally to win. I cannot complain about my team, we just need health for the playoffs. In the last month, even though we had a chance to go higher in the rankings, injuries did not allow us so. Good luck to Barcelona in the Spanish League, and let’s see what we can do in the playoffs.”

Players

NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS
FC Barcelona Lassa
"We played a good game from the beginning. We came out very well and after that, we struggled a bit in the final minutes of the second quarter. After that, it was a fun-to-watch game, a high-scoring one. We wanted to leave the EuroLeague with a win. It is something that it is not decided today (if this was his last EuroLeague game). I would like to compete more and make it to the EuroLeague playoffs, which didn't happen in the last two years. Anything can happen from now until the end of the season, but I feel strong and willing to keep playing."