James shoots Monaco to victory in Munich
Mike James shined with 26 points and 6 assists to lead AS Monaco to a 78-83 road win over FC Bayern Munich at Audi Dome on Thursday night. The visitors used a 0-12 run to finish the second quarter with a 35-40 halftime lead and though Bayern tied the score early in the third quarter, it would never lead again. The result gave Monaco a season sweep of Bayern and left both teams with 8-11 records. Danilo Andjusic contributed 16 points, Dwayne Bacon scored 11 and Donatas Motiejunas had 10 for the winners. Corey Walden paced Bayern with a career-high 26 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and Vladimir Lucic added 14 points in defeat.
Monaco took the lead early on a Will Thomas jumper and a James free throw. Leon Radosevic got Bayern on the scoreboard with his first basket of the season. Motiejunas took a steal in for a slam and followed it with a hook shot for a 5-10 lead midway through the quarter. Walden hit back for Bayern with back-to-back threes to take the lead. James had the visitors back on top with a three and a mid-range jumper. After a layup by Leo Westermann and 1 free throw by Ognjen Jaramaz, Monaco led 18-19 at the end of the first quarter.
Bayern regained the lead on a K.C. Rivers triple before Othello Hunter threw down an alley-oop dunk. The lead continued to switch sides as Brock Motum and Walden traded threes. Lucic’s reverse layup made it 28-24. The lead continued to grow with Walden’s fifth three and a pull-up jumper by Jaramaz to make it 35-28. After a timeout, Motiejunas made a hook shot and Alpha Diallo added a triple. James tied it with a floater, Dwayne Bacon made the go-ahead free throws and James came up with a steal and a triple on the halftime buzzer, capping a 0-12 Monaco run for a 35-40 advantage at the break.
DeShaun Thomas started the second half with a triple and a put-back slam to even the score. Andjusic restored a Monaco lead with a three-pointer. The Bayern offense went cold, missing five straight shots, as the visitors built a 40-46 lead. Nick Weiler-Babb revived Bayern with a layup off a steal, but a three by Will Thomas kept Monaco in charge. Even though Lucic heated up, another three by Andjusic made it 49-55. Bacon stretched the lead to 8 before Lucic and James traded threes to end the third quarter with the visitors up 54-62.
Baskets by Bacon and Motiejunas gave Monaco the game’s first double-digit lead, 56-66, early in the fourth quarter. After a Bayern timeout, Hunter made free throws and Jaramaz buried a three-pointer to halve the deficit. However, Andjusic made free throws and James made a three to keep Monaco comfortably ahead. Walden stepped up with 5 quick points and a steal that led to a Hunter dunk to make it 68-73 with 4 minutes remaining. After a Monaco timeout, James made a tough shot and Bacon split free throws. Walden made 2 foul shots to bring Bayern within 72-76 with 1:29 to play. A triple by James was a dagger that Bayern could not recover from and Andjusic sealed the game from the foul line.
Monaco gets lifts off the bench
FC Bayern Munich had played just 48 hours earlier and was bound to be a bit more tired than AS Monaco, whose Round 20 game had been suspended. Bayern needed a lift from the bench, but instead, the visitors got more production from their reserves. Danilo Andjusic scored 16 points and Dwayne Bacon 11 as the Monaco reserves outscored the Bayern second unit 26-34. And that was despite the fact that key reserves Donta Hall and Leo Westermann combined for just 2 points in less than 10 minutes due to injuries. In such a close game, the play of the other Monaco reserves made a huge difference.
Career night for Walden
Corey Walden had one of the best games of his career on Thursday night for FC Bayern Munich against AS Monaco. He scored 26 points, dished 5 assists and swiped 4 steals. Walden made all 3 of his two-pointers, was perfect in 5 trips to the foul line and shot 5 for 10 on three-pointers. That added up to a performance index rating of 34. He set his career-high in scoring by 6 points and bested his previous high in PIR by 2. Walden also made 1 more three-pointer than ever before and tied his career-high in steals. All in all, it was an impressive showing for Walden, even though it came in defeat.
Monaco’s game-changing run
The momentum seemed to be with FC Bayern Munich when it took a 35-28 lead with 4 minutes remaining in the second quarter. AS Monaco called timeout and everything change after that. Bayern would not score again until halftime as the visitors reeled off 12 unanswered points and would never trail again. Donatas Motiejunas started the march with a hook shot before Mike James found Alpha Diallo for a three. James then drove and tied it with a floater, though he missed the free throw that came with it. Dwayne Bacon picked him up with a pair of free throws and on the last play of the half, James stole an inbounds pass, dribbled to the three-point line and launched a bomb that made it 35-28. Even though Bayern made runs in the second half, the game was never the same after Monaco’s 0-12 run.
Thursday, January 13, 2022