After a tremendous performance versus Real Madrid and a loss to Anadolu at home, the yellows recovered from a tough home loss with a great performance on the road. Though opening strong the Russian team managed to stay within a striking distance but it was a great night by Pierre Jackson that secured the win.
Spahija's starting five: Jackson, John-Di, Roll, Bolden and the team captain Itai Segev, Khimki opened the game with back to backthree pointers, but the yellows reacted with Jackson, Bolden and Segev who gave Maccabi the lead (11:6) four minutes into the game. Maccabi continued putting the pressure on Khimki as Bolden capitalized on offense as well giving the yellows the 17:8 lead. Thomas and Cole finished the first quarter strong as the scoreboard showed 28-19.
Tyus successful free throw gave Maccabi adouble digit lead at the beginning of second quarter, however he was shorty replaced by Parakhouski due to a hit he sustained to his head. Khimki's Vialtsev three pointer took the yellow's lead down to 32-25, Roll and Bolden gave Maccabi its double digit lead again (37:27). Shved took control over the game alongside Jenkins and Robinson ended the first half trailing 42:39.
Shved completed an 11-0 run as Khimki took the lead (43:42). Roll scored immediately to take back the lead,however successful shots by Shved who capitalized on Maccabi's multiple misses made coach Spahija take a timeout from which the yellows came back roaring with a 7-0 run, DeAndre completed a marvelous display on both ends of the court as he increased Maccabi's lead to 62:55 after 30 minutes.
Khimki was the first to draw blood in the fourth quarter as they took Maccabi's lead down to 63:61, but then Maccabi's jet duo – Norris Jackson alongside Thomas made it 68:61 with six minutes remaining. The Russians never say die spirit was still alive and kicking as they completed a 68-67 run despite turning the ball over numerous times (20!!! in total), Cole completed athree point play after being fouled, a successful free throw by him gave Maccabi the 71-67, Tyus sealed the game with a dunk as the buzzer sounded giving Maccabi the 77-69 win over Khimki.