Khimki routs ALBA to end losing skid
Khimki Moscow Region snapped a four-game losing streak on Thursday with a 104-87 beating of ALBA Berlin at Arena Mytishchi.
Devin Booker dominated with a career-high 24 points plus 10 rebounds and Alexey Shved tallied 22 points and 8 assists as the team lifted its record to 7-6 to remain in the playoff zone. Jonas Jerebko added a personal best of 18 points and Anthony Gill scored 16 for the winners. ALBA pieced together 11 straight points that bridged the first and second quarters to lead by as many as 12, but after allowing 39 points in the game’s first 12 minutes, the Khimki defense held ALBA to 48 points in the remaining 28 minutes. Rokas Giedraitis paced the visitors with 17 points, Niels Giffey scored 14, Landry Nnoko mounted his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, Luke Sikma added 10 points and Peyton Siva produced 8 points and 9 assists. The loss dropped ALBA's record to 4-9.
Итоговый счет / Final score vs. @albaberlin 104:87, (+17)#KHIBER #ХимкиАльба #GameOn
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The teams followed the expected script with free-flowing offenses dominating the early proceedings; Nnoko tied it at 9-9 after 4 minutes with seven players having scored already. Sikma and Booker each heated up and kept the scoreboard moving. Giedraitis put back his own miss to give ALBA 8 second-chance points in as many minutes. A pair of Giffey three-pointers and another from Giedraitis put ALBA in charge and Kresimir Nikic added a basket to make it 23-32 after 10 minutes. Kenneth Ogbe drained a triple from the corner to start the second quarter and stretch the ALBA run to 11 straight points and take the ALBA lead to double figures. Jerebko and Shved highlighted a 10-2 Khimki run that drew the hosts within 37-41. Dairis Bertans completed the comeback with a three-pointer that made it 43-43 and Booker finally gave the hosts the lead, 50-48. Gill extended the lead to 54-51 at the break. ALBA had no answer for Booker after the break and he led an 8-0 run to give Khimki its first double-digit lead, 62-51. Sikma dunked to end a 3-plus-minute scoreless stretch for ALBA, but Booker continued to roll, and the margin grew to 16. Free throws by Makai Mason made it 77-63 through three quarters. Little changed after that; ALBA never got closer than 12 and Khimki surged to lead by as many as 19. Shved sank a free throw to put the hosts into triple figures before sitting for the final minutes as Khimki gained a valuable victory.
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