Smith’s career-highs sank Efes
ALBA Berlin point guard Jaleen Smith had the best shooting night of his EuroLeague career in a thrilling 95-93 win over the two-time defending champion Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Smith set new personal highs with 25 points and 7 three-point shots made on 10 attempts. Smith had 6 points in the first half, then knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to help ALBA open a 19-point third-quarter lead. Efes rallied late in the third quarter with Smith on the bench, and the visitors went in front in the fourth with Smith keeping ALBA in range with 2 more triples. Smith had to leave the game due to a cut with 6:19 left in the game, whereupon Efes went ahead 77-82, but upon his return with 3:46 left, Smith wasted no time to knock down 2 more threes to tie the game at 84-84 and send it to its dramatic finale.