2014-15Regular SeasonRound 3
October 30, 2014 CET: 20:30

Diamantidis makes history as Panathinaikos beats Fenerbahce

In a historic night in competition history, Panathinaikos Athens tied a club record with 18 three-pointers made to defeat Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 91-73 in Group C. Both teams are now tied in Group C, each with a 2-1 record. Dimitris Diamantidis became the first player to reach 1,000 career assists in the Euroleague. He finished the game with 10 assists, which is 1 short of his career best. A.J. Slaughter added 23 points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting. Esteban Batista scored 14, while Antonis Fotsis netted 13 of 4 for 4 from downtown for Panathinaikos. Nemanja Bjelica scored 16 for Fenerbahce. Jan Vesely added 13 and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 10 for the guests. Diamantidis reached the 1,000-assist mark on the opening play of the game, feeding Slaughter for a three-point shot. Slaughter and an outstanding Batista gave Panathinaikos a double-digit margin, 31-19, after 10 minutes. A red-hot Slaughter soon led Panathinaikos to break the game open, 41-21. Panathinaikos hit 10 of 12 three-pointers before the break to boost its margin to 59-36 at halftime. Nothing changed in the second half, as Panathinaikos stayed hot from beyond the arc and kept a safe margin until the final buzzer.

First quarter: Diamantidis reaches 1,000 career assists!

The game started with a historic milestone, as Diamantidis fed Slaughter for a three-pointer that gave the playmaker his 1,000th career assist in the competition. Kenan Sipahi scored in transition and a layup by Vesely gave Fenerbahce its first lead, 3-4. Slaughter insisted from downtown. Sipahi sank a mid-range jumper, but back-to-back layups by Batista put Panathinaikos back ahead, 10-6. Semih Erden fed Vesely for a power layup, but Diamantidis made free throws and Vladimir Jankovic soon gave the Greens a 14-8 margin. Jankovic scored again before Andrew Goudelock banked in a running shot. A layup by Batista kept Panathinaikos way ahead, 18-10. A three-pointer by Fotsis saw Fenerbahce call timeout at 21-10. Emir Preldzic stepped up with a layup that Jankovic bettered with a triple. Batista hit free throws and another triple by Slaughter boosted the Greens' lead to 29-15. Luka Zoric and an unstoppable Batista traded layups. A jumper by Bjelica kept Fenerbahce within 31-19 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Panathinaikos breaks the game open

Slaughter buried his fourth bomb from downtown early in the quarter and fed Batista for a layup that broke the game open at 36-19. Fenerbahce could not get its many scorers involved and Slaughter downed a long jumper. Oguz Savas scored around the basket, but Slaughter insisted from beyond the arc to ignite the crowd at 41-21. Preldzic struck from downtown off a timeout, but Nikos Pappas scored in penetration and James Gist shined with a wild put-back slam for a 45-24 Panathinaikos margin. Bjelica and Goudelock tried to change things for Fenerbahce, but Blums nailed a triple off a screen and Gist added a layup for a 50-28 cushion. Pappas struck from downtown – Panathinaikos's 9th in 11 attempts. Bjelica kept the guests within 54-32. Vesely provided a highlight with a huge dunk and Bjelica added a layup, but Blums gave the Greens a 59-36 margin at halftime.

Third quarter: a rain of three-pointers!

Diamantdis nailed a three-pointer right after the break, as Fenerbahce struggled to get Goudelock and Bogdan Bogdanovic involved. Bjelica stepped up with a two-handed dunk that Slaughter improved on with his sixth triple, good for a 65-38 Panathinaikos lead. Goudelock shined with a one-handed floater off the baseline, but Fotsis answered from downtown - the hosts' 13th in 15 attempts! - and a layup by Jankovic forced Fenerbahce to call timeout at 70-40. Bogdanovic scored his first points, fed Bjelica for a dunk-and-foul and scored again as Panathinaikos stopped the game after a 0-7 run. Fotsis rescued the Greens with a triple and Gist soon gave his team a 75-48 margin. Vesely took over with a three-point play and matched Pappas's driving layup with a jump hook. Ricky Hickman and Bjelica made free throws, but a three-pointer by Blums and a put-back slam by Gist fixed the score at 82-57.

Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos seals big home win

Zoric scored around the basket early in the fourth quarter, as Panathinaikos kept using long possessions to run the game clock down. The Greens were held scoreless for more than two minutes until Diamantidis found Fotsis for a three-pointer - his 10th assist of the night. Bogdanovic answered from downtown and a fast break layup by Goudelock brought Fenerbahce a bit closer, 85-64. Slaughter nailed another one from beyond the arc and even though Fenerbahce kept trying, everything was said and done already. Some 14,500 fans had plenty of time to celebrate a big win, as Coach Obradovic had a bitter return to Athens, where he will always be a legend.

Dimitris Diamantidis - Panathinaikos Athens - EB14
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Attendance: 14480
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Panathinaikos Athens3128239
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul19172116
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Panathinaikos Athens31598291
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul19365773
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS 3:44           1 1 1   2          
6 SLAUGHTER, AJ 23:00 23 1/2 7/10     4 4 2   2   1   1 23
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 15:10 3 0/2 1/2     1 1 3 1 1     4 3 3
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 23:12 7 2/4 1/3   1 1 2 3   1   1 2 2 6
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 29:44 13 0/1 4/4 1/2 1 5 6 1         2 2 18
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 17:37 9 2/3 1/2 2/2   2 2 3   2     2 3 11
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 24:50 5   1/2 2/2       10   3     3 2 10
14 GIST, JAMES 12:17 8 3/5   2/2 2 2 4     1     4 1 6
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 19:32 14 6/8   2/2 1 4 5 1 2 4     4 2 14
18 BLUMS, JANIS 13:13 9 0/2 3/3     1 1           1 1 8
21 WRIGHT, JULIAN 17:41       0/2   1 1 1     2     1 3
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 91 14/27 18/26 9/12 7 25 32 25 3 16 2 2 22 18 107
        51.9% 69.2% 75%
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
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW 29:50 9 3/4 1/6     1 1           2 2 4
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 19:56 5 0/3 0/2 5/6 1   1 3 1     1 3 4 4
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 24:50 16 5/10 0/3 6/7 3 2 5 1 2       1 8 22
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 3:08   0/1           1   1         -1
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET 0:18                              
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 33:06 10 2/4 2/7   2   2 4 1   1   2   9
20 ALTINTIG, CAN 2:55   0/1                     1   -2
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 6:32 2 1/2       1 1 3             5
22 ZORIC, LUKA 15:28 9 4/6   1/1   3 3 2   1     2 2 11
24 VESELY, JAN 29:44 13 6/9   1/2 3 5 8 1   2 1   4 5 18
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 10:05 4 2/2 0/1   1   1           1   3
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 24:08 5 1/4 1/2   3 1 4 5 1 2   1 2 1 7
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 73 24/46 4/21 13/16 13 16 29 20 5 7 2 2 18 22 82
        52.2% 19% 81.3%

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
“It was a very important game for us and I liked very much he atmosphere in the arena. The fans pushed us from the beginning of the game and gave a lot of confidence to the players. Our shooting percentages were amazing, almost rare for any team, but the most important thing is that we did our job in the correct way. A.J. Slaughter played tonight mostly at the shooting guard position and was a key factor with his threes, but it was a big night for all the players and the whole team. A coach is not allowed to think of the injuries and the problems. The players are accustomed to playing good basketball and having success and they know how to play a game. I didn’t hear the crowd shouting my name. The fans were shouting for Obradovic and he deserves it, because he is a legend for Panathinaikos and he did so many things happen here. I would say that he should deserve a monument in his honor.”
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
“First of all, I want to congratulate Panathinaikos for their outstanding game and especially the amazing shooting percentages. This is basketball and if you want to win, you have to put the ball in the basket! Our defense was a real catastrophe and we didn’t take advantage of the 14 more possessions we had. Panathinaikos scored 59 points in the first half, because our defensive plans didn’t work. We are in the beginning of a big effort, but we have a lot of ups and downs. The coach has to take the responsibility and protect his team and every single player. It is my responsibility because I selected these players and I have to work with them. You know my philosophy and you know that I always had fighting teams. The key point is to fight for every ball. I will try to change some things, but to be honest I feel shame for the image of Fenerbahce Ulker in front of this crowd. I also feel shame because our fans set a new tickets’ record this season and we disappointed them. Maybe it is a matter of tradition. Fenerbahce Ulker has won six national championships and Panathinaikos has 34, so it is a big difference between the two clubs and that was a factor tonight.”


Panathinaikos Athens
“Yeah, I felt from the very first moment and the very first shot that I was in the zone. I played more aggressive than I used to do and you see the result. I hope that we keep playing that way.”
Panathinaikos Athens
“It was a great, a terrific game by our side. We didn’t expect such a margin, but it happened and we enjoyed it. We played hard in defense, we moved the ball fast in offense, we stayed focused and we took advantage of all options to create and score. You cannot rely every night on such outstanding three-point percentages, but you can have a safe starting point, which is defense.”
Panathinaikos Athens
“We beat a team with a rich roster and great offensive ability. This result makes us proud and reinforces our confidence. We proved that we can beat great opponents, thanks to our defense, rather than the incredible shooting percentage from behind the arc. Slaughter and Fotsis sank big threes, something that cannot happen every night, but we can build the margins and get victories with defense and seriousness.”
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