CSKA defeated Khimki at home in Game 2 of the playoff finals, 99-79 (24-15, 35-28, 17-12, 23-24).
CSKA: Milos Teodosic (23+6 ast), Nando De Colo (20), Semyon Antonov (18+5 reb)
Khimki: Alexey Shved (21), Viacheslav Zaitcev (9+7 reb+6 ast)
CSKA took care of business in Game 2 behind the efficient offense of Milos Teodosic (23 pts, 8-11 fg) and Nando De Colo (20 pts, 7-13 fg). Once again, the home team dominated in the first half, leading 59-43 at the break.
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Despite a more aggressive approach on offense, Moscow Region never threatened in the second half. The visitors shot only 67% at the line (25-37) and Alexey Shved struggled again to find his rhythm, limited to 21 points on 5-16 shooting.
Viacheslav Zaitcev was the lone bright spot for Khimki. The Russian guard continued his breakout postseason, collecting nine points (4-5 fg), seven rebounds and six assists.
On top by 21 points entering the 4th quarter, CSKA cruised to a 99-79 win to take a 2-0 series lead.
Khimki, who also trailed Zenit 2-0 in the semifinals, will look to avoid elimination at home in Game 3 on Tuesday.
22-9 – CSKA had a big edge in second-chance points, capitalizing extremely well on 13 offensive rebounds.
Milos Teodosic: 8-11 from the field, including five 3-pointers, 23 points and six assists. The Serb put together his best game of the 2017 playoffs to bring CSKA within one game of the trophy.
CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis:
– 2-0 in the series is a good score, but that doesn’t give you a title. We have a game in Khimki on Tuesday and we need to be focused. We set the tone today from the opening minutes and remained in control most of the game. Once again, we did a good job on the glass and made good decisions on offense, regardless of Khimki’s lineup on defense. We know it will be tough in Khimki. Everyone understands that no one’s guaranteeing a game three win. You need to go and take it.
Khimki head coach Dusko Ivanovic:
Today’s game did not work out. We want to win the next game, which we need to approach differently. It’s impossible to beat CSKA if your opponent scores 60 points in 20 minutes. We did not have a quality game on defense, or on offense. We need to battle and make the right decisions on offense. If that’s the case, we’ll have a chance in game three.