Alexey Shved shined as Khimki Moscow Region blasted Real Madrid 102-94 Thursday night at Arena Mytishchi.
The guard roared for 21 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting and a career-high 13 assists to lead six Khimki scorers in double figures. Khimki, which led by as many as 24 points before allowing Real to rally late, snapped a four-game losing streak and improved its record to 9-11. Real, which saw its 13-game winning streak ended on Tuesday against CSKA, lost for a second time in three days in Moscow to fall to 15-5. Devin Booker scored 15 for Khimki before leaving late in the third quarter with a knee injury. Anthony Gill and Janis Timma added 13 points apiece, Jonas Jerebko had 11 and Sergey Karasev 10. Former Khimki center Jordan Mickey led Real with a season-high 20 points, Fabien Causeur scored 17 and Trey Thompkins and Facundo Campazzo added 10 each.
Thompkins opened the scoring for the visitors before Booker thrilled the local fans with a monster slam. Jeffery Taylor's strong defense had held Shved without a shot in the first few minutes, but the Khimki star had already racked up 3 assists. Then his first shot was a three-pointer that gave Khimki its first lead, 11-9. The lead grew to 17-11 thanks to a triple by Vyacheslav Zayttsev and Jerebko's fastbreak finish over Walter Tavares. After a Real timeout, Thompkins and Taylor drained three-pointers to trim the gap, however, a triple by Timma in the closing seconds gave Khimki a 25-21 edge after 10 minutes. Jeremy Evans came off the bench to lift the Khimki lead to 8, but Causeur gave Real a charge, too. A three by Causeur drew the visitors within 38-35 midway through the second quarter. Causeur narrowed the gap to 1 with his 9th point of the quarter only to see Khimki answer with 9 straight points, including a steal and pull-up three by Shved, to surge to 52-42. After a Real timeout, Causeur ended his team's slide, however, a three-point play by Booker extend the Khimki margin to 55-44 at the break.
Jerebko started the scoring in the second half, but Real answered quickly. Tavares stood tall for the visitors, but Booker and Shved kept Khimki in total control. Shved's fifth triple of the game made it 67-54 midway through the third quarter. Mickey heated up for Real to bring the visitors within 8. Gabriel Deck collided with Booker and the Khimki big man had to be helped off the floor. Mickey made it 75-67 with a three-pointer, but Shved dunked in the final seconds of the third quarter to make it 80-69. Karasev opened the fourth with a three and soon Stefan Jovic added another. A layup and shot-clock beating three by Karasev completed a 13-0 start to the quarter and pushed the lead into the 20s. Taylor ended the Real drought after 4 minutes with a three and Mickey got going, but the visitors were running out of time. Shved's career-best 13th assist came on a Jovic triple that took the hosts to triple digits, 100-80, as Khimki cruised to an impressive victory.
Alexey Shved was at his best with 21 points and a career-high 13 assists. He did not miss on two-point shots and was 5 for 7 from downtown. Shved also tallied 5 rebounds and 1 steal in amassing a performance index rating of 31. He had been on the floor for less than 20 minutes when we reached a double-double with his 10th assist early in the third quarter.
Khimki used a tremendous defensive effort with several unsung heroes. Sergey Karasev was one of them with 10 points on near-perfect shooting, 2 assists and 4 fouls in 16 minutes. Jeremy Evans was another with 9 points – including a pair of big dunks, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 19 minutes. Their non-stop energy off the bench played a vital role in the win.
Rebounding king once more
One day after losing his crown as the EuroLeague's career rebounding king to Paulius Jankunas of Zalgiris Kaunas, Felipe Reyes is back on top. He collected 2 boards to leapfrog Jankunas and now stands tall with 1,784 career rebounds. Of course, it could change again on Friday when Jankunas plays next.
Khimki will be back in action on Thursday, January 23 when it visits KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. Real plays the following evening when it hosts top-of-the-table Anadolu Efes Istanbul.