Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul registered its second consecutive win in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season by downing Khimki Moscow Region 83-71 at Ulker Sports and Event Hall on Friday.
The victory lifted Fenerbahce to a 4-3 record while Khimki dropped to 1-6. DyShawn Pierre and Jarell Eddie led the winners with 16 points apiece. Ahmet Duverioglu and Lorenzo Brown each added 11, while Ali Muhammed scored 10 and Jan Vesely pulled down 11 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Jordan Mickey led Khimki with 19 points. Jonas Jerebko added 12, Greg Monroe had 11. Alexey Shved had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the guests.
Janis Timma got Khimki going with a layup and Monroe scored in the low post for a 0-4 lead. Edgaras Ulanovas and Duverioglu each hit a jump hook in a 6-0 run that gave Fenerbahce its first lead, 6-4. Jerebko scored off the baseline and added a fastbreak layup but Duverioglu and Brown kept the hosts ahead, 11-8. Sergey Karasev stepped up with a three-point play and even when Vesely answered with a huge dunk, Monroe and Shved put Khimki ahead, 13-16. Mickey downed a jumper but Muhammed and Eddie did better with back-to-back triples for the hosts. Melih Mahmutoglu and Muhammed kept it going to a 23-20 Fenerbahce lead after 10 minutes. Eddie struck again from deep to open the second quarter and Pierre soon made it 28-20. After a Khimki timeout, Mickey dunked, Dairis Bertans and Pierre traded three-pointers, and Jerebko brought the guests as close as 31-28. Shved downed a jumper and fed Jerebko for a triple that completed Khimki's comeback to a 31-33 advantage. Next, Duverioglu dunked in traffic and Pierre followed a jump hook with a bomb from downtown for a 38-35 Fenerbahce lead. Mahmutoglu capped a 7-0 run with a layup that fixed the halftime score at 42-35. Timma struck from beyond the arc soon after the break. Brown scored twice in penetration and fed Duverioglu for a layup and dunk, boosting Fenerbahce's lead to 50-41. Mickey stepped up with his own dunk and a jumper, getting help from Karasev and Shved to pull the guests closer at 53-51. Pierre rescued Fenerbahce with a three-point play and Leo Westermann drilled from downtown in an 8-0 run in that Vesely finished for a double-digit Fenerbahce lead, 61-51. Ulanovas and Eddie kept the hosts way ahead, 65-55, after 30 minutes. Brown and Pierre kept pacing Fenerbahce early in the fourth quarter but Mickey and Monroe got the visitors a bit closer at 70-64. Bertans buried a triple from the right wing but a jumper by Eddie gave Fenerbahce breathing room again at 72-67. Ulanovas hit a step-back jumper and Eddie added back-to-back triples that sealed the outcome, 80-70, in the next-to-last minute.
Eddie made the difference with his outside shooting, hitting 2 critical three-point shots in crunch time. He finished the game with 16 points on 2-of-3 two-pointers, 4-of-6 three-pointers, adding 5 rebounds.
Mickey and Shved managed to bring Khimki within 53-51 late in the third quarter. Pierre stepped up with a layup-plus-free throw, Westermann buried one from beyond the arc and Vesely added a mid-range jumper. All of a sudden, Fenerbahce got its first double-digit lead, 61-51, and never trailed after that.
Fenerbahce picked up just 11 turnovers, forcing Khimki to commit as many as 19. Fenerbahce had better shooting percentages, hitting 56.8% inside the arc and 39.1% from downtown. Khimki downed just 50% of its two-point shots and 26.7% from three-point range.
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Fenerbahce remains undefeated against Khimki at home. Friday's marked its seventh home win against the Russian powerhouse in as many games. Fenerbahce also registered its highest scoring mark of the season, 83 points.
Both teams returning to EuroLeague action next week. Fenerbahce visits FC Barcelona on Thursday, while a day later, Khimki hosts AX Armani Exchange Milan.