Khimki steals valuable win in Munich
Khimki Moscow Region recorded its first road win of the 2019-20 EuroLeague season by downing FC Bayern Munich 74-87 at Audi Dome on Thursday. Khimki improved to 3-1 in the standings while Bayern dropped to 2-2. Alexey Shved led the winners with 19 points, Anthony Gill added 17 and Janis Timma and Devin Booker each had 13 for Khimki. Greg Monroe led Bayern with 18 points and Vladimir Lucic and Maodo Lo each added 12 apiece for the hosts. Monroe led a 10-0 run which allowed Bayern to shake off a slow start and get a 19-17 lead after 10 minutes. Monroe and Lucic kept Bayern ahead, 37-36, but Timma, Gill and Booker combined for all the points in an 0-20 run that gave Khimki a 37-56 lead early in the third quarter. Khimki kept a 55-70 margin at the end of the third quarter and didn't have much trouble cruising to a well-deserved win.
Booker got Khimki going with a turnaround jumper, igniting a 0-6 opening run that Timma capped with a reverse layup. Lo rescued Bayern with a triple, but Shved fed Dairis Bertans for a jumper and added a layup-plus-foul for a 5-11 Khimki lead. Monroe stepped up with 6 points in the paint in a 10-0 run that Nihad Dedovic capped with a a put-back basket that made it 15-11. Shved added another three-point play, but Dedovic and Danilo Barthel boosted the hosts' lead to 19-14. Jonas Jerebko struck from downtown to keep Khimki within 19-17 after 10 minutes. Jeremy Evans dunked early in the second quarter and a three-pointer by Timma gave Khimki a 19-22 edge. Alex King and Lo each struck from downtown, but so did Timma to even things at 25-25. Vyacheslav Zaytsev scored in penetration only to see Monroe and Lucic give Bayern a 31-27 lead. Shved and Booker tried to change things for the visitors and a driving layup by Bertans helped his team regain the elad, 35-36. Timma bettered Lucic's slam with a bomb from beyond the arc and then Gill followed a three-pointer with a layup for a 37-44 Khimki lead at halftime.
Gill hit a baseline jumper soon after the break and Booker followed a put-back layup with a jumper that caused Bayern to call timeout at 37-50. Gill added a three-point play and a triple by Booker capped a mammoth 0-20 run, breaking the game open at 37-56. Lo and Gill traded three-pointers and a layp by Lucic made it 42-59. Paul Zipser and Dedovic tried to ignite a Bayern comeback, but Shved and Sergey Monia kept Khimki way ahead, 55-70, after 30 minutes. The hosts needed a quick comeback to return to the game, but three-pointers by Monya and Jerebko boosted Khimki's margin to 60-78 with 7 minutes left. Barthel led an 8-0 run which brought Bayern within 68-78 but Shved and Gill sealed the outcome, 68-84, long before the final buzzer.
Shved opened the game strong, dishing 4 assists in the opening 5 minutes and hitting the right shots at the right time. He finished the game with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to amass a PIR of 21 in a winning effort.
A huge dunk by Lucic gave Bayern its last lead, 37-36. Timma answered from downtown, igniting a 0-20 run in which Gill, who had been held scoreless until that moment, had 10 points. Booker added the remainding 7 points, including a triple to cap it.
Khimki shot the ball better than Bayern. Khimki buried 19 of 33 two-point shots (57.6%) and hit 12 of 23 from downtown (52.2%). Bayern's percentages were lower (48.6% 2FG, 37.5% 3FG). Khimki forced Bayern into 19 turnovers, matching the German powerhouse's club record. It previously committed 19 turnovers against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar on April 10, 2014.
Did you notice?
It was Khimki's first win after six consecutive losses against the German powerhouse. Bayern had beaten Khimki four times in the EuroLeague and twice in the 7DAYS EuroCup since their first meeting back in 2015.
These teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action earlier than usual next week due to the first two-round week of the season. Khimki hosts Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on Tuesday, October 29. A day later, Bayern welcomes Real Madrid.
Thursday, October 24, 2019