Khimki crushes UNICS, takes 2-1 series lead
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Khimki Moscow Region defeated UNICS Kazan at home in Game 3 of the playoff semifinals, 91-64 (25-16, 18-12, 27-22, 21-14).
Khimki: Alexey Shved (26 + 6 reb + 6 ast), Janis Timma (15 + 5 reb), Jordan Mickey (10 + 9 reb + 4 blk)
UNICS: Errick McCollum (15), Raymar Morgan (12)
Khimki seized control of Game 3 with back-to-back triples from Jordan Mickey and Stefan Markovic late in the first quarter and went on to record a decisive win in its first game at home.
After splitting a pair of shootouts in Kazan, Moscow Region did most of the scoring in Game 3, led by superstar guard Alexey Shved, who was announced as the regular season MVP prior to tip-off. Shved scored 26 on 9-15 shooting to go with six rebounds and six assists, spearheading a Khimki offense that drained a playoff-record 18 triples.
Khimki’s defense was equally impressive, limiting the visitors to 35% shooting from the field and only 64 points.
Leading 17-14 with three minutes to play in the opening period, Mickey and Markovic hit a pair of triples to stretch the lead to nine, before Charles Jenkins made it a double-digit advantage, 25-14.
UNICS never got closer than nine points the rest of the way. Khimki pushed the lead to 20 midway through the second quarter with another barrage of 3-pointers, cruising into halftime with a 15-point advantage.
The second half was more of the same. Khimki outscored UNICS by at least five in each of the four quarters, sealing a decisive Game 3 victory and taking control of the semifinal series.
Moscow Region can clinch a spot in the finals on Wednesday with another win, while Kazan will try to force a Game 5 at home.