Maccabi scores 111, wins in Milan
Maccabi won the highest-scoring EuroLeague game in more than five years by topping host Milan 102-111 on Friday. Maccabi improved to 11-9 in the standings, tying Khimki for seventh place, while Milan dropped to 6-14. The combined 213 points marked the fifth-highest total in non-overtime game in EuroLeague history and the most in any game since Cedevita beat Zalgiris 108-106 in double-overtime on November 15, 2012. Norris Cole led the winners with 19 points. DeShaun Thomas added 18, Art Parakhouski and Alex Tyus 14 each and Michael Roll 12 for Maccabi. Jordan Theodore led Milan with 22 points. Arturas Gudaitis added 18, Andrew Goudelock 13, Amath M'Baye 11 and Andrea Cinciarini contributed 10 for the hosts. Parakhouski and Thomas shined early to give Maccabi a 11-20 lead. Milan fond a go-to guy in Gudaitis, who got help from Goudelock to keep the hosts within 26-30 after 10 minutes. Tyus took over early in the second quarter to boost the guests' lead to 28-36 before a layup by DeAndre Kane made it 45-55. Vladimir Micov and Gudaitis stepped up for Milan but a huge slam by Tyus gave Maccabi a 50-57 edge at halftime. Jackson had eight points in a 0-10 run to boost the guests' margin to 52-67 soon after the break. Maccabi kept a 70-83 margin at the end of the third quarter. Theodore and Gudaitis brought Milan as close as 98-102 but back-to-back three-pointers by Thomas sealed the outcome down the stretch. It was the second-highest EuroLeague scoring ever by Maccabi in a road game and its best total overall since scoring 113 against AEK Athens on December 2, 2004.
Theodore got Milan going with a couple of three-pointers, giving his team a 7-4 lead. Jonah Bolden and Jackson fueled a 0-6 Maccabi run and Parakhouski followed a jumper with free throws for an 11-14 Maccabi lead. Thomas struck from downtown and Parakhouski dunked to make it 11-20. Thomas kept pacing Maccabi with consecutive jumpers and Kane added a three-point play but Goudelock and M'Baye rescued Milan from beyond the arc and an outstanding Gudaitis brought the hosts within 26-30 after 10 minutes. Tyus dunked early in the second quarter and scored twice more around the basket to give Maccabi a 28-36 margin. Andrea Cinciarini followed a jumper with a three-pointer and Dairis Bertans hit one from beyond the arc to keep Milan within 36-40. Bolden hit a jumper and a three-pointer but Cinciarini, Theodore and Micov kept Milan as close as 45-49. Cole had four points in a 0-6 run and even when Micov struck from downtown, a wild buzzer-beating put-back slam by Tyus fixed the halftime score at 50-57.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored down low right after the break for Milan, but Maccabi immediately found a go-to guy in Jackson, who had 8 points in a 0-10 run that broke the game open, 52-67. Cinciarini and Kaleb Tarczewski stepped up for Milan but Cole and Tyus kept Maccabi way ahead, 58-74. A three-point play by Thomas soon made it an 18-point game, 61-79. Goudelock hit a triple and got help from Tarczewski and M'Baye to keep Milan within 70-83 after 30 minutes. Roll and M'Baye exchanged triples early in the fourth quarter and back-to-back baskets by Theodore got Milan within single digits, 79-88. Cole and Roll each struck from downtown, but so did Goudelock and Curtis Jerrells to make Maccabi call timeout at 90-98 with more than 3 minutes left. Goudelock and Theodore managed to bring Milan within 98-102 but Thomas struck twice from beyond the arc and Jackson added another three-pointer to seal Maccabi's road win in style.
Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action on Thursday, February 1, when Maccabi visits Zalgiris Kaunas and Milan also plays on the road against FC Barcelona Lassa.
Friday, January 26, 2018