2019-20Regular SeasonRound 17
January 03, 2020 CET: 18:00

Calathes, Mitoglou lead Panathinaikos past CSKA

In one of the best games of the season, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens sent a message that echoed around Eurpoe by downing CSKA Moscow 102-106 in overtime in Kaliningrad on Friday. Panathinaikos improves to 10-7 while CSKA drops to 13-4. Dinos Mitoglou led the winners with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Nick Calathes added 22 points and 17 assists, Jimmer Fredette had 15 points, Ioannis Papapetrou 14 and DeShaun Thomas 12. Mike James led CSKA with 30 points, Daniel Hackett added 24 while Kyle Hines had 14. Fredette led Panathinaikos to an early lead, but Hines, Hackett and James brought CSKA back and the second quarter saw seven lead changes. Fredette and Mitoglou made it a double-digit game after the break, but James, Hackett and Hines fueled CSKA's comeback and the host led 87-81 with 2 minutes left. But Wesley Johnson, Papapetrou and Calathes forced overtime, and in the extra period Calathes and Mitoglou made the difference.

Kurbanov and Hackett each struck from downtown to give CSKA an early lead, but Panathinaikos found a go-to guy in Fredette, who had 7 points - including a triple and an off-balance jumper - in a 0-9 run that Mitoglou capped with a layup for a 6-11 lead. Hines dunked twice and scored down low before Hackett and James both hit from deep for a 22-17 after 10 minutes. Tyrese Rice and Mitoglou fueled a 0-6 run that put the guests back ahead, but Janis Strelnieks hit a floater and Darrun Hilliard added a coast-to-coast layup for CSKA. Georgios Papagiannis dunked and Calathes struck from beyond the arc for another lead change. James took over with a wild three-point play and Strelnieks added a driving layup, but Thomas singlegandedly kept Panathinaikos in charge, 34-37. Mitoglou scored twice in the paint but Kurbanov and Johannes Voigtmann did better with back-to-back triples, bringing CSKA within 40-41. Thomas joined the three-point shootout, getting help from Fredette and Mitoglou to keep Panathinaikos ahead, 45-49, at halftime.

Mitoglou stayed unstoppable after the break, scoring three times around the basket. Fredette added a triple for a double-digit lead, 47-58. James scored in penetration and followed Hines's power layup with a bomb from downtown, before Hackett buried a corner three and Hines added a layup for a 59-60 score. Calathes and James exchanged layups, then Kurbanov dunked to complete CSKA's comeback, 63-62. James and Hackett each nailed three-pointers but Wiley and Papapetrou tied the game, 69-69, after 30 minutes. Hackett sank his fifth three-pointer early in the fourth and Andrey Vorontsevich added a mid-range jumper. Papagiannis answered with an alley-oop layup and Papapetrou dunked to tie it again, 75-75. Hackett scored in transition and Vorontsevich added a three-pointer, then Hackett and Hines kept pacing CSKA before James hit a jumper for a 87-81 lead. But Wesley Johnson struck from beyond the arc, Hines and Papapetrou traded baskets and Calathes buried a three-pointer that tied the game, 89-89, with 7.2 seconds remaining. James turned the ball over and Mitoglou missed a fallaway shot at the buzzer. Johnson hit a three-pointer early in the extra period and Mitoglou added a baseline jumper for a 90-94 Panathinaikos lead. James made free throws but Calathes did better with a bomb from downtown. Hackett and Calathes split foul shots and Vorontsevich beat the shot clock with a jumper that brought CSKA within 95-98, but But Mitoglou, Calathes and Fredette hit foul shots to seal the outcome.

Pivotal performer

Not only did Nick Calathes force overtime with a three-pointer in crunch time, but he came close to making EuroLeague history. He finished the game with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 17 assists and 9 fouls drawn for a PIR of 40 - a great way to celebrate his 200th EuroLeague game. His 17 assists are the joint third-best mark in competition history. Stefan Jovic leads the all-time ranking with 19 assists for Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade in 2015, followed by Calathes with 18 assists against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica last season.

Game-changing moment

CSKA led 87-81 with 2 minutes left in regulation and seemed to have full control of the game but Wesley Johnson, who had been scoreless until then, stepped up with a three-pointer. Then Ioannis Papapetrou buried a jumper and a defensive stop allowed Calathes to bury the game-tying triple from the right wing, 89-89, forcing overtime. For the second consecutive season, a three-pointer by Calathes was critical for Panathinaikos to beat CSKA on the road.

Stellar stat

Panathinaikos dished as many as 28 assists - a new team season-high and its best mark in EuroLeague action since dishing 29 against Stelmet Zielona Gora in December 2015. At the same time, it limited turnovers to just 8. That's 3.5 assists per turnover. CSKA had 19 assists and 13 turnovers in this game.

Mitoglou sets career highs, club record

Dinos Mitoglou set new career highs in points (25), rebounds (16) and PIR (34). His previous career highs were 20 points, 10 rebounds and 27 PIR. This is the first double-double of his career. By pulling down 16 rebounds, Mitoglou also set a new club record. Mike Batiste (against Benetton Treviso in March 2006) and Antonis Fotsis (against Montepaschi Siena in January 2003) each pulled down 15 rebounds.

Next game:

Panathinaikos next visits AX Armani Exchange Milan on Thursday, January 9, and CSKA travels to face FC Bayern Munich the following day.

Konstantinos Mitoglou - Panathinaikos OPAP Athens - EB19
Friday, January 3, 2020
Attendance: 6528
By Quarter1234Extra 1
CSKA Moscow2223242013
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens1732202017
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
CSKA Moscow22456989102
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens17496989106
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL 11:08 3 0/3 1/1   2 2 4     1 1   2 2 4
5 JAMES, MIKE 38:05 30 6/12 4/11 6/8 1 4 5 5 1 6   3 5 6 18
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 2:42     0/1                       -1
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 12:32 9 2/3 1/2 2/2   2 2 2   1     3 4 11
17 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 30:50 5 1/1 1/5 0/2 2 1 3 2         2 1 3
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 12:02 7 2/5 1/2   1 2 3 2         1   7
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 30:28 24 2/4 5/8 5/8 1 2 3 3   1   1 2 4 22
31 KOUFOS, KOSTA 3:08   0/1       1 1                
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN 11:54 2 1/2 0/5     2 2 1 1 2     4   -6
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 36:21 8 1/2 2/5   1 7 8 3   1     3   11
42 HINES, KYLE 30:55 14 7/9   0/1 3 4 7 1     1   1 2 21
84 BAKER, RON 4:55                   1         -1
Team           4 4 8               8
Totals 225:00 102 22/42 15/40 13/21 15 31 46 19 2 13 2 4 23 19 97
        52.4% 37.5% 61.9%
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
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN 30:50 12 2/7 2/4 2/3       1       1 1 2 5
5 RICE, TYRESE 12:20 2 0/1 0/2 2/2       2 1       2 2 2
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 19:09 4 2/7     1 6 7 1   1 1 1 1   5
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 37:12 14 7/9 0/4   1 5 6 2 2 1 2   4 2 17
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 JOHNSON, WESLEY 9:41 6   2/3     2 2     1 1   2   5
25 BROWN, RION 1:22                         1   -1
32 FREDETTE, JIMMER 23:45 15 1/6 2/2 7/7   3 3 1 1       1 5 19
33 CALATHES, NICK 39:33 22 3/5 3/8 7/12   6 6 18 1 1     2 9 41
35 WILEY, JACOB 10:33 6 3/5           1         1   4
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 40:35 25 11/15 0/1 3/4 8 8 16 2 2 4     4 3 34
50 BENTIL, BEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 225:00 106 29/55 9/24 21/28 12 33 45 28 7 8 4 2 19 23 136
        52.7% 37.5% 75%
Head coach: PITINO, RICK

Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"Congratulations to Panathinaikos, they showed team spirit and winning spirit and grabbed the win. We opened the game identically to the last game we had here: we controlled the rhythm, we had a good pace. But we had a very bad second quarter, gave up 32 points. We talked a lot in the locker room. I think we were very good in the third quarter and also in the fourth. We broke the game open where we wanted to, 2:40 to go we were plus 6. This is where I am disappointed, I told my players we need to bring that game smoothly to the end. We needed to score one shot or one free throw and the outcome would be different. But, it didn’t happen, neither on defense or offense. We were not effective. They pushed it into overtime and in overtime they were dominant. Unfortunately, we didn't make free throws, and they made some big shots from the players who come off the bench. It was important that Nick Calathes had a great game. We didn't manage to at least contain him, not to stop him, because it is difficult to stop Nick. With 17 assists, and he made that last three-pointer, a spot-shot, not off the dribble or after pick and roll. Johnson played big giving them 9-10 minutes with two three-pointers, rebounds and good defenses. Mitoglou played in a lot of positions and hurt us in the paint. But we brought the game where we wanted to. We did not expect it to be walk in the park, because Panathinaikos is built for big things. They have a lot of ambition. They showed us how to believe and to try to grab every opportunity, whatever is given or not given, in the clutch moments. We had to bring that game to the end when we had plus 6, it could have ended it in regulation, but it didn't happen. Thanks to the fans in Kaliningrad for the support, they provided the best atmosphere. They were enthusiastic, they came in big numbers, and really helped the team."
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

"It was an awesome victory. We kept talking in every timeout: 'Keep it close, keep it close like last year, we will make a run at the end.' We did that right at the end of regulation to put it into overtime. Good balance, good spacing, made the shots, Wes [Johnson] gave us a big lift on defense and offense, and Dinos [Mitoglou] in the starting lineup is giving us more rebounding."

“I believe CSKA is very lucky, because Mike James should be a 15-year veteran in the NBA. He’s as good a guard as any in the NBA, with the exception of five or six. He has great range, he’s a terrific passer, and they play like the Houston Rockets. They get you in situations where you have to help, and they move the basketball for threes, but in the second half we did a much better job with our rotations stopping the threes. Congratulations to our players for the way they never gave up, they executed beautifully on offense down the stretch. We make a big change to the line-up because everybody was out-rebounding us. Dino Mitoglou is our best per-minute rebounder, and since we put him in the starting line-up it’s cured a lot of rebounding woes for us. Tonight is indicative of that: he had 16 rebounds and 25 points, and we’re real proud of his effort. Wesley Johnson gave us a big lift, and that was very important going into overtime. And we had 28 assists to 8 turnovers which is spectacular. I’ve coached against so many great coaches, and I’d put the coach at CSKA up there with any of them. What they try to do is exploit you offensively, and then you’ve got to make changes. And then whose changes win that night will decide the game. He’s doing a fabulous job, and I admire him. Plus he’s Greek, and we’re proud of him!”


CSKA Moscow
"We obviously didn't play our best defensive basketball. Allowing them to score 100-plus points. Even still, we had momentum, we had opportunities to win the game. We had a [6-point] lead, but just didn't do a good job today closing out the game, not being mature enough to make plays in clutch moments of the game, and we missed some crucial free throws. But, hats off to them. They made some big shots, made some big plays. For us, we must continue to fight, continue to stay together, stay positive, and look forward to the next 17 games in the second part of the regular season."
CSKA Moscow
"We just didn't really get a lot of defensive stops, or make a lot of defensive plays. We kind of let them do whatever they wanted. But even with that, we were up late in the game and we didn't execute. I took some bad shots, probably didn't make the best decisions. We went to overtime, then we missed free throws. We didn't really capitalize on our offense, and still didn't get any stops. At the end we just tried to take whatever we could, but it wasn't enough."
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It's always good when you win at CSKA’s home. CSKA is a very good team, but we are pleased to have won such an important game. These games help us in many ways. We must be just as good at home because that will help us even more. I did what my coach asked me to do. I got some shots, as the coach demanded. I'm a professional and I had to help my team."
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It is a great feeling. We got the win, of course. Big congratulations to CSKA, they played amazing and we know how great a team it is. I want to thank all my teammates for the effort and the coaching staff. We have to build on this win."
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"Up and down, obviously, back and forth, both teams. Two very good teams trying to win."
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