In a battle to stay undefeated, Olympiacos Piraeus bested Khimki Moscow Region 92-75 at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday.
Olympiacos improved to 4-0 in the standings, while Khimki dropped to 3-1. Nikola Milutinov led the winners with 17 points on 8-of-8 two-point shooting, Georgios Printezis added 15 points, Hollis Thompson scored 12 and Janis Strelnieks had 10. Alexey Shved led Khimki with 23 points, Thomas Robinson added 19 and 11 rebounds and James Anderson had 13 points in defeat. The Reds led 22-20 after 10 minutes, but an outstanding Robinson helped Khimki take the lead, 27-30. Vangelis Mantzaris and Thompson fueled a 15-2 run that put Olympiacos ahead for good, 42-32. Milutinov and Printezis combined for 14 points in the third quarter as Olympiacos boosted its margin to 74-55 after 30 minutes and cruised to victory.
Back-to-back jump hooks by Printezis and Milutinov got Olympiacos going. Anderson hit a floater, but a red-hot Milutinov had 4 points in a 6-0 run that gave Olympiacos a 10-2 lead. Shved struck twice from downtown and got help from Anderson and Robinson to tie it at 13-13. Ioannis Papapetrou had 5 points in a 7-0 run that he capped with a coast-to-coast layup-plus-foul. Shved and Robinson kept pushing Khimki and a layup by Sergey Monia got the visitors within 22-20 after 10 minutes. Strelnieks hit a triple and Dimitris Agravanis added a driving layup, but an outstanding Robinson singlehandedly gave Khimki its first lead, 27-30, early in the second quarter. A three-pointer by Mantzaris and back-to-back baskets by Thompson sparked a 15-2 run highlighted by Milutinov's big basket in the low post. Strelnieks sank another triple to make it an 11-point game. Charles Jenkins took over with an alley-oop slam and Anthony Gill added a huge dunk to bring Khimki a bit closer, 49-40, at halftime.
Gill sank a triple right after the break, but Olympiacos stepped up on defense and found a go-to guy in Milutinov, who followed an alley-oop layup with a turnaround jumper for a 55-45 lead. Milutinov's put-back slam ignited a 10-0 run which he capped with a jumper to break the game open at 65-47. Anderson scored three times around the basket, but Thompson and an outstanding Printezis boosted the hosts' margin to 74-55 after 30 minutes. Olympiacos started to use longer possessions in the fourth quarter and a jumper by Thompson and a free throw by Strelnieks sealed the outcome, 83-62, long before the final buzzer.