Before a sellout home crowd of 11,000, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv enjoyed big leads but sweated out the game’s final shot to save an 84-83 victory in a back-and-forth thriller against Zalgiris Kaunas.
Maccabi hangs on against Zalgiris, 84-83
In his EuroLeague debut, forward Bonzie Colson led Maccabi with 16 points and 4 blocks. Wade Baldwin followed with 15 points despite fouling out. Lorenzo Brown notched a 13-point, 11-assist double-double, and Alex Poythress had 12 points, including the game-winning free throws. Former Maccabi guard Keenan Evans led Zalgiris with 17 points, while Kevarrius Hayes had 16 and 9 rebounds.
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7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes swats away De Colo's layup attempt!
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Magic Moment: Colson closes the first half in style!
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7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes takes revenge!
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7DAYS Magic Moment: Colson goes Magic Johnson with great feed to Poythress!
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Magic Moment: Martin throws it down!
Magic Moment: Dimsa's circus shot!
Magic Moment: Evans hits the big shot!
Magic Moment: Hayes puts it back!
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Magic Moment: Baldwin slams it down!
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Magic Moment: Sorkin beats the buzzer!
The teams traded leads out of the gate until Edgaras Ulanovas tied it 13-13 on a three-point play. Brown and Darrun Hilliard shot Maccabi ahead 19-13, but Hayes downed an alley-oop dunk as Zalgiris bit back, 19-20. The scoring piled up until Hilliard’s buzzer-beater closed the quarter 30-27. Behind great second-quarter rebounding, Ignas Brazdeikis and Rolands Smits pushing Zalgiris ahead by as many as 7 points to lead 46-48 at halftime. Colson and Baldwin keyed Maccabi's 19-5 run to a 65-63 advantage after the break. Dimsa helped Zalgiris get the next 8 points, but Josh Nebo kept Maccabi up 71-65 after 30 minutes. Maccabi’s lead zoomed to 80-68 with 6 minutes left, but it was all Zalgiris then until Dimsa's basket put the visitors up 82-83 lead with 1:27 left. The only points after that were Poythress's free throws on Brown's 11th assist, tying a Maccabi club record. Zalgiris shot twice again, and Butkevicius even found the net on a broken play at the finish, but instant replay showed it was after the buzzer.