CSKA Moscow came very close to sweeping both games on their 2013 Euroleague Basketball US Tour, but had to settle for a 1-1 record after falling to the San Antonio Spurs 95-93 in an overtime thriller on Wednesday night.
San Antonio pulled away with a 15-0 third quarter run, but CSKA held the Spurs scoreless for the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter while reeling off 17 straight points off their own. The game came down to the last shot twice. San Antonio’s Aron Baynes, a former Euroleaguer, tipped-in a missed three-point shot from Patty Mills with 0.5 seconds left to tie the game at 86 to force overtime. CSKA captain Victor Khryapa missed a jumper in the closing seconds of the overtime that would have extended the game another five minutes. All told the game featured 15 lead changes and 16 ties. Former Euroleague champion Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills paced the Spurs with 14 points, while Baynes added 12 and Tim Duncan 10. Jeremy Pargo led CSKA with 20 points, Sonny Weems scored 16 while Khryapa tallied 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
The overtime was exciting with back-and-forth action. Mills tied the game for the Spurs at 90, then followed that with an acrobatic finish on the break to make it 92-90 with 95 seconds remaining. CSKA called timeout and despite a Pargo miss, the visitors hustled for the rebound and Vitaly Fridzon drained a triple for a one-point CSKA lead with 24.1 seconds to go. San Antonio called timeout, got the ball to Mills and he swished a three with 11.2 seconds left to put he Spurs back on top, 95-93. CSKA called timeout and got the ball with Khryapa for a jumper to tie it, but it bounced out and San Antonio walked away with the win.
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