Strong finish lifts Panathinaikos over Bayern
In an exciting game that had just about everything, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens used a huge 21-2 run to race past visiting FC Bayern Munich 98-83 on Wednesday night in the Greek capital. Panathinaikos improved to 11-8, while Bayern lost its fifth straight game to drop to 6-13 on the season. The game was a rollercoaster ride; Panathinaikos opened it with a 19-2 lead only for Bayern to erase it before halftime and go up 61-70 in the third quarter. However, DeShaun Thomas came up huge inside and on offensive rebounds, carrying Panathinaikos in a 21-2 run which first restored the hosts' lead and then allowed them to pull away for good. Thomas finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds, including 7 on the offensive glass. Ioannis Papapetrou collected 13 points and 9 rebounds, Tyrese Rice had 12 points and Nick Calathes finished with 11 points and 12 assists. Jacob Wiley and Dinos Mitoglou also scored 11 points apiece in a victory. Greg Monroe collected 17 points plus 9 rebounds for the visitors, Thomas Bray netted 14 in his debut, Petteri Koponen scored 12, Josh Huestis had 11 and Paul Zipser 10 points for Bayern, which knocked down 15 triples, but none in the fourth quarter.
Calathes got the Panathinaikos offense humming from the start, feeding Mitoglou and Georgios Papagiannis for highlight-reel plays. Papapetrou and Mitoglou hit triples that had the hosts on a 12-0 run, before Wesley Johnson's three helped open a 19-2 lead. Bayern needed almost 6 minutes to hit its first field goal, a Bray triple, which also sparked a 0-7 run. Huestis also connected from long range for the visitors, helping cut the deficit to single digits, 24-16 late in the first quarter. The hosts led 28-18 after 10 minutes. Bayern's charge continued in the second quarter with threes from Koponen, Zipser and Bray to get within 37-35. Monroe's three-point play got the visitors within 39-38, but Ben Bentil and Wiley kept Panathinaikos in front. However, Bray hit another shot from long range as did Danilo Barthel, before Koponen hit back-to-back threes to put Bayern up 51-53 with 23 seconds left in the half. The teams were tied at 53-53 at halftime.
Bayern got even hotter after the break. Zipser, Maodo Lo, Bray and eventually Huestis twice connected from downtown without a single miss to open a 61-70 lead. The Greens kept taking it inside to cut into the deficit before Calathes hit a triple and Thomas scored a three-point play to give the hosts a 76-75 edge going into the final quarter. Monroe opened the scoring from mid-range in the fourth, but baskets were few and far between. Rice had a driving layup, Thomas was big under the offensive glass and fastbreak baskets from Calathes and Papapetrou capped a 21-2 run that opened an 89-77 lead. Bayern was held without a basket for more than 6 minutes before Monroe's driving dunk, but there was no time for another comeback as Panathinaikos celebrated victory.
Monster start, monster response
Panathinaikos needed the opening 5 minutes and 25 seconds to build a 19-2 lead, but in the final 14 minutes of the half, Bayern hit 9 three-pointers to go up 51-53. The visitors hit 6 more in the third and take 61-70 lead, only for Panathinaikos to take over once again and over more than 9 minutes spanning third and fourth quarter use a 21-2 run to restore the lead and secure victory.
Threes and offensive boards
Bayern hit 9 of 18 triples in the first half and then proceeded to hit its first 6 attempts from three-point land in the third quarter. However, the German champs shot 0 for 6 in the fourth to finish 15 for 30 for the night. Panathinaikos stayed in the game thanks to its dominance on the offensive glass, pulling down 20 offensive rebounds and outrebounding the visitors 43-23.
Nick Calathes needed 1 assist to catch Thomas Huertel for fourth place all-time and he got it on the first basket of the game. Calathes finished with 12 for the night and now has 1,184 for his career. He also reached the 2,000 point milestone in this game with 11 points and his double-double was the 37th of his career, which is one shy of second-most of all-time.
Bayern guard Tomas Bray made his debut after missing the start of the season with a foot injury suffered in late August. He was the main facilitator of Bayern's comeback, netting 4 of 8 triples, and finished with 14 points and 5 assists.
Both teams will be in action again on Friday when in Round 20 Panathinaikos welcomes Zalgiris Kaunas, while Bayern will stay in Greece to visit Olympiacos Piraeus.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020