CSKA Moscow’s defense halts Madrid’s 13-game winning streak

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The Euroleague’s second-longest unbeaten streak this century is over after CSKA Moscow led practically from tipoff to the final buzzer to turn back visiting Real Madrid 85-71 in the Game of the Week.

Both teams now have 3-1 records in Top 16 Group F, while at the end of the game, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv remained unbeaten at 3-0. CSKA was missing two top performers due to injury, Kyle Hines and Sonny Weems, while Madrid travelled without sharpshooter Jaycee Carroll for the same reason, but the star turned out to be the home team’s defense. CSKA worked 40 minutes to hold Madrid 19 points below its season-long scoring average of 90 points. Nenad Krstic led the winners with 18 points, while surprise starter Andrey Vorontsevich and Vladimir Micov added 14 points and Vitaly Fridzon 11. Victor Khryapa added 9 assists Vorontsevich paced the hosts to a 23-8 start that ballooned to 37-18 in the second quarter, but Madrid came back to within 58-55 near the end of the third, but could not get closer. Madrid got 19 points from Sergio Rodriguez, 15 from Sergio Llull, 13 from Nikola Mirotic and 11 from Tremmell Darden. An individual highlight for Madrid was center Ioannis Bourousis grabbing his 1,000th career rebound – only five players before him this century had done so – on the offensive glass in the first half. The end of Madrid’s 13 wins in a row to start the season leaves CSKA’s 17 in a row back in the 2004-05 season as the still-standing record.

Origin: Euroleague.net