Khimki Moscow Region defeated Nizhny Novgorod at home in overtime, 90-87 (22-13, 19-29, 17-16, 19-19, 13-10).
Khimki: Alexey Shved (34 + 5 ast), Malcolm Thomas (15 + 8 reb), James Anderson (14 + 8 reb + 5 ast)
Nizhny Novgorod: Stefan Jelovac (32 + 11 reb), Ivan Strebkov (13 + 8 ast)
Trailing 77-74 with seconds remaining, Alexey Shved drained a huge 3-pointer to force overtime and help Khimki avoid dropping to 4-4 on the season.
Behind 32 points and 11 rebounds from Stefan Jelovac, Nizhny Novgorod looked nothing like a 2-4 team with losses to Enisey and Tsmoki-Minsk. The visitors went toe-to-toe against Khimki, shooting 45% from beyond the arc, and were only seconds from victory before Shved’s last-gasp triple.
In the extra period, Khimki jumped in front by six behind six points from Egor Vyaltsev. Jelovac cut the deficit to one twice in the final minute, including a deep 3-pointer with seven seconds to go, but the home team was able to hang on at the free-throw line and secure the win.
Alexey Shved. Despite free-throw misses in overtime, Shved won the duel with Jelovac (34 vs. 32) and matched his career high at Khimki, set in November vs. Zenit.
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42-20 – Khimki completely dominated in the paint, outscoring Nizhny by 22 and making up for 7-33 shooting from beyond the arc.
Khimki: December 26 home vs. Enisey
Nizhny Novgorod: December 17 home vs. PARMA