VTB United League
Khimki Russia defeated Astana Kazakhstan at home, 72-71 (26-17, 12-19, 11-13, 23-22).
Khimki: Alexey Shved (24 + 6 ast), James Anderson (11), Charles Jenkins (10)
Astana: Anthony Clemmons (16 + 6 reb), Justin Carter (14 + 6 ast + 3 stl), Leonidas Kaselakis (12), Ike Udanoh (10 + 6 reb)
Alexey Shved did most of the heavy lifting for Khimki, scoring a game-high 24 points to help his team survive an upset bid from Astana.
Shved scored the final nine points of the game for Khimki, including a 6-6 performance at the line with the game in the balance.
Even so, Astana nearly escaped with a win. Trailing 72-71 with 2.5 seconds to play, Ike Udanoh was fouled on a layup attempt. But the big man couldn’t deliver, missing twice to give Khimki the win.
Khimki entered with a 3-0 record and began the game in control, opening up a 26-17 lead at the end of one. Astana responded with defense, limiting the home team to only 23 points over the next two periods. That allowed the visitors to knot the score at 49-apiece entering the 4th.
Trailing by as much as six in the final period, Khimki’s offense finally roared to life. James Anderson converted on a three-point play, Charles Jenkins hit a go-ahead triple and Moscow Region looked likely to put the game away, if not for the heroics of Anthony Clemmons.
Clemmons drilled two 3-pointers down the stretch, plus a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining that gave Astana its final lead, but Shved was able to convert at the other end and help keep Khimki unbeaten in League competition. Despite a gritty performance, Astana drops to 0-4.
14 – Khimki sank 14 straight free throws to finish the game. The home team needed every single one of them.
Khimki: November 6 home vs. CSKA
Astana: November 5 away vs. Parma