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Khimki Russia defeated Astana Kazakhstan at home in Game 2 of the quarterfinals, 94-64 (21-14, 26-21, 26-15, 21-14).
Khimki: Alexey Shved (19 + 7 ast), Jordan Mickey (18 + 5 reb), Malcolm Thomas (12 + 8 reb), Janis Timma (12)
Astana: Stephen Holt (15), Ken Horton (14 + 8 reb), Geoffrey Grosselle (13 + 5 reb)
Khimki once again shut down Astana’s offense and Alexey Shved became the first player in League history to score more than 2,500 points as Moscow Region seized control of the quarterfinal series.
The home team pulled away gradually, building a double-digit lead by halftime before an 11-2 run to end the third quarter put the game out of reach for Astana.
Playing a team that averaged 86.1 points per game in the regular season, Khimki limited Astana to a season-worst 59 in Game 1, before allowing only 64 in Game 2. The visitors shot 3-19 from beyond the arc and 39% overall, in what has been a disappointing start to the postseason for Emil Rajkovic’s men.
Khimki, meanwhile, is poised to reach the playoff semifinals yet again as the series shifts to Kazakhstan for Game 3. Alexey Shved poured in a game-high 19 and now sits at 2,515 all-time in the League, 116 points ahead of second-place Vitaly Fridzon.
The Russian guard gave Khimki its first double-digit lead early in the second quarter, 27-17, on a dunk. He was helped by Jordan Mickey, who scored 18, including 13 in the first half that helped the Yellow and Blue erase an early 9-4 deficit and surge ahead.
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Game 3 is scheduled for Friday in the Kazakh capital.