2020-21Regular SeasonRound 5
October 22, 2020 CET: 20:45

Zvezda rallies to stun CSKA in OT

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade came back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to pull out a thrilling 86-84 overtime win over visiting CSKA Moscow on Thursday night in the Serbian capital. The win improved Zvezda's record to 2-2, while CSKA suffered its second consecutive loss and fell to 2-3 on the young season. CSKA led 35-49 early in the third quarter, but Zvezda locked down defensively and answered with an 11-2 run to get back in the game and forced the game to go down to the wire. Jordan Loyd shined for Zvezda, dropping a career-high and a EuroLeague season-high 31 points in less than 31 minutes on the floor. Corey Walden scored 12 points, Marko Jagodic-Kuridza collected 11 points and 6 rebounds, while Emanuel Terry debuted with 10 points in the victory. Daniel Hackett scored a career-high 29 points on 6-for-8 three-point shooting. Will Clyburn added 18 points and Mike James tallied 9 points and 8 assists in defeat.

Jagodic-Kuridza knocked down a triple to get the hosts going early, but CSKA answered with 7 consecutive points, including a put-back from Nikola Milutinov and a triple from Hackett, to take an early 5-9 lead. Langston Hall hit another long-range dagger for the hosts, but Nikita Kurbanov scored from the left corner to keep the visitors in front. A three-point play from Loyd and a three-pointer from Corey Walden tied it at 16-16 late in the first, but Johannes Voigtmann's layup helped CSKA to an 18-20 edge after 10 minutes. A pair of buckets by Clyburn inside kept the visitors in front early in the second. Loyd and Walden each drove for a layup for Zvezda, before Clyburn's triple opened a 24-31 advantage midway through the second quarter. Loyd was hot, hitting a triple-plus-foul, but Hackett answered with a corner three before a put-back from Clyburn made it 28-36. Loyd and Walden drove to the basket to keep Zvezda in touch, but Voigtmann scored 5 points in the final 2 minutes of the half to give CSKA a 35-43 halftime lead.

CSKA pulled away to a double-digit margin behind its defense and 6 points from Hackett and Toko Shengelia, with the latter knocking down a triple. Zvezda needed nearly 4 minutes to score in the third when Loyd drove for a layup. The hosts raised the level of energy and aggressiveness on defense, not allowing any points for the final 5:24 of the quarter. During that span, a triple from Walden and a put-back from Terry helped Zvezda rally to 46-51 going into the final quarter. Hackett ended CSKA's drought with a fastbreak layup, but Loyd drove to the hoop and Hall nailed a triple to get within 51-54. A triple from Duop Reath tied the score at 56-56, but Hackett hit a mid-range jumper and a triple to put CSKA back ahead. Hackett's fourth three-pointer made it 58-64 and after baskets from Jagoda-Kuridza and Loyd, James drove for his first field goal of the night before Hackett's fifth triple got CSKA up 64-70. But the hosts replied with a 7-0 run, as Dejan Davidovac had a triple and a put-back to give Zvezda a 71-70 edge. Hackett answered with a triple, but Loyd sent the game to overtime from the free-throw line.

Clyburn struck first in the extra session, but Taylor Rochestie and Terry connected for back-to-back alley-oop slams before Loyd's three-pointer made it 80-75. James scored 5 points to help tie it at 84-84, but Loyd drove for a layup in a crowd for what turned out to be the game-winning basket. James had two tries to tie it or win for CSKA, but Zvezda prevailed.

Loyd wins scoring duel

This game featured three top scorers entering this round and Jordan Loyd finished with 31 points to extend his lead atop of the scoring chart with 23.8 points. Mike James scored 9 points to drop his average to 17.6 points and Will Clyburn scored 18 and now averages 19.2 for the season.

End of a streak

Mike James entered the game with a 30-game streak of scoring in double figures and a streak of making at least one three-pointer in 25 consecutive games. Both of those ended on Thursday night. James came off the bench and did not score a field goal until 3:25 left in regulation. He finished with 9 points, shooting 0-for-4 from long range, but did dish a season-high 8 assists.

Key record

For the fourth time in club history, Zvezda shot free throws without a miss. Zvezda was 17 for 17 from the free-throw line on the night, which turned out to be crucial in a tight overtime win. Two of those foul shots, by Jordan Loyd, sent the game into overtime with 35 seconds left in regulation.

Defensive third quarter

CSKA opened the third quarter on a 0-6 run and did not allow a single basket for almost 4 minutes. Then, it was Zvezda that stepped up defensively, not allowing a single field goal over the final 7 and a half minutes of the quarter to cut the deficit with an 11-2 run.

First impression

Zvezda center Emanuel Terry made his EuroLeague debut in this game and finished with 10 points. After a rough first half when he ended up on the wrong side of a pair of CSKA big plays, Terry came up big in overtime when he had back-to-back alley-oop slams, both assisted by Taylor Rochestie, who played his first game back in a Zvezda uniform.

Next round

Next week in Round 6, both teams will be playing in Moscow. CSKA will be at home, welcoming Valencia Basket on Thursday, October 29, and a day later Zvezda will visit Khimki Moscow Region.

Jordan Loyd celebrates - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade - EB20
Thursday, October 22, 2020
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade1817112713
CSKA Moscow202382211
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade1835467386
CSKA Moscow2043517384
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 18:40 2 1/3 0/1   1 1 2 5   1         5
1 HALL, LANGSTON 22:21 6 0/5 2/2   1   1 6 3 3   1 1   6
2 WALDEN, COREY 16:35 12 2/6 2/3 2/2 1 1 2         1 5 1 4
3 LOYD, JORDAN 30:33 31 9/15 2/6 7/7   6 6 1   4   1 4 6 25
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 33:06 5 1/2 1/3   2 3 5 1 2       2 2 10
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 22:46 2 1/2 0/2   1 2 3   1 1     5   -3
11 REATH, DUOP 10:15 7 2/3 1/1   1 1 2       1   2   7
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 13:45     0/2                   2   -4
21 JAGODIC-KURIDZA, MARKO 26:13 11 1/5 1/1 6/6 4 2 6 2       1   6 20
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 13:19   0/2     2   2           1 2 1
33 TERRY, EMANUEL 17:27 10 4/5   2/2   2 2     1 1 1 5 1 6
Team           1 3 4     2         2
Totals 225:00 86 21/48 9/21 17/17 14 21 35 15 6 12 2 5 27 18 79
        43.8% 42.9% 100%
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 KHOMENKO, ALEXANDER 0:09                              
5 JAMES, MIKE 33:20 9 2/5 0/4 5/6   1 1 8 2 3   1 3 5 10
6 HILLIARD, DARRUN 13:50 2 1/2 0/2     1 1     2 1   4 2 -3
7 UKHOV, IVAN 6:49 2 1/2                     1    
10 HACKETT, DANIEL 35:52 29 3/4 6/8 5/5 2 3 5 3 2 1       4 39
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 0:29           1 1               1
17 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 33:19 9 3/5 0/1 3/3   5 5 1   2 2   2 3 13
21 CLYBURN, WILL 36:17 18 5/10 1/5 5/6 2 2 4 1   2     2 4 13
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 21:02 8 1/1 1/2 3/6 1 3 4 3 1 2     5 6 11
32 UMRIKHIN, YURY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 9:24 2 1/1     1 2 3           2   3
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 34:29 5 0/2 1/3 2/2 1 1 2     1 2 1   2 5
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 225:00 84 17/32 9/25 23/28 10 22 32 16 5 14 5 2 19 26 97
        53.1% 36% 82.1%

Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

"It's a huge victory. After struggling in the first half, I think maybe over-respecting a big opponent, we didn't play the way we wanted to. With a defensive effort, which was amazing in the second half, you get something in offense. This win is big by itself, but I'm just wondering what it would look like with our phenomenal fans. We are really hoping to see them as soon as possible to enjoy these kinds of things. It's not just rebounding, I think the whole defense, even working on the ball and the help side was much much better [in the second half] and with this, we got crucial confidence... All in all, I am happy with the win."

"It's a huge win against one of the favorites to win the EuroLeague this year. Apart from Loyd, who had an extraordinary performance, I would definitely say that the rest of the team, all individuals contributed to this amazing win. In certain periods of the game, different guys helped, which makes us strong as a team. In the first half, we maybe respected too much our big opponent, so we had some mistakes due to do this. But with great spirit, great togetherness, we found our rhythm, first on defense, then on offense."

CSKA Moscow
"Congratulations to Zvezda. The way the game went, it could have gone either way, we could have won the game. I think we lost an opportunity at plus-14 on a good play and a dunk to go even more up. We didn't control the boards, they made some big shots and won the game."


Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"I feel nice because we won against a big team. They have big players and big quality. But we believed in ourselves and we waited for our chance. In the first half, we had some problems rebounding. In the second half, we boxed out well and we attacked them with offensive rebounds and in the end, it's a big win for us. We always believe that we can win and Coach supports us all the time. He believes in us and we believe in each other."
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"That was a hell of a win. We're never satisfied, but that's a hell of a win. We kept fighting, everybody who played in the game was ready, came in and was aggressive. I’m happy with the outcome for sure. [The difference in the second half was] just being a little more physical. Rebounding. And getting into the paint. We tried to do that in the first half. We weren’t getting some calls. And that's okay. But we kept driving. Coach was like ‘get into the paint, get into the paint’ and good things happen. It's never about the numbers for me. I'm more satisfied with guys like Duop [Reath] playing, coming in ready. M.J. [Marko Jagodic-Kuridza] playing. I'm just so excited for the guys and happy with the win."
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