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Euroleague Playoffs: Second Straight Loss for Panathinaikos

Dimitris Diamantidis - Panathinaikos Athens - EB14CSKA of Moscow crashed Panathinaikos for a second time in three days, this time with a 100-80 score, to lead the series 2-0 in the Euroleague playoffs (Final 8).
Even though both teams carry a heavy history (they combine 12 Euroleague titles) CSKA is a step ahead in every degree in this series. With a budget of 45 million euros, they are by far the most expensive club in the history of European basketball and almost double that of Real Madrid and Barcelona who come in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In antithesis to the first game though, where the difference in the two teams’ level was visible from the very get-go, the visitors got off to a strong start, as Charalampopoulos and Vlantimir Giankovits shined early to give the Greens an 8-14 lead. Kirilenko struck three times from downtown in a 15-0 run, in which De Colo also hit a three-pointer at the first quarter buzzer to give his team a 21-14 margin after 10 minutes.
And that was it pretty much for the Greens, whom put in a massive effort, shot quite well, played some strong defense but couldn’t stop the almighty Russians and their outstanding 68% shooting.
The Greek Champions tried to stay in the game during the second quarter (47-35) but by the third, the game was set when Markoishvili and Nichols struck from downtown to bring it up to an 18-point game (72-54). In the last quarter, Panathinaikos tried to chop the difference down (maxed at 84-56) and succeeded by leveling it to just 20 (100-80).
Demetris Nichols - CSKA Moscow - EB14
The series now returns to Athens where Panathinaikos hopes to break the spell of losing nine out of the last 11 meetings between the teams and hopefully get one back.

1DE COLO, NANDO24:25164/52/52/21142318
4TEODOSIC, MILOS20:4351/11/422812413
8NICHOLS, DEMETRIS14:3871/11/12/222311113
9JACKSON, AARON19:1752/30/11/2112221124
11MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR17:3692/31/12/211213110
12KOROBKOV, PAVEL8:5031/11/1111212
13WEEMS, SONNY20:11205/63/61/1222333118
20VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY16:3230/21/41343115
24KAUN, SASHA17:4194/61/222211212
31KHRYAPA, VICTOR8:5031/1112221116
42HINES, KYLE13:2942/2213128
47KIRILENKO, ANDREI17:48162/54/444232121
5CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS21:44143/32/22/244111118
8GIANKOVITS, VLANTIMIR29:10102/62/522221426
9FOTSIS, ANTONIS25:47122/22/52/2145211220
10NELSON, DeMARCUS2:560/10/1112-3
11PAPPAS, NIKOS24:25135/71/43111212
12MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS11:4721/422112-3
14GIST, JAMES27:17134/75/9134312131018
15BATISTA, ESTEBAN16:34104/62/2224232218
18BLUMS, JANIS3:160/11-2

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