Maccabi ends Valencia’s hot streak; Barcelona edges Bayern in a thriller – EuroLeague Round 23 recap

Maccabi Tel-Aviv got back on track and re-entered the playoff zone, after its 93-94 win over Valencia at La Fonteta.

The Israelis erased a 10-point deficit late in the first half (49-39) and turned things around with an impressive 18-38 run until late in the third (67-77). The Spaniards came back in crunch time (93-94), but Maccabi stood tall eventually to claim a big road win.

Maccabi put an end to a four-game losing skid on the road and is now 3-10 away from home. Meanwhile, the Israeli powerhouse ended Valencia’s five-game winning streak. Both teams now have identical records (12-11), with Maccabi having the tiebreaker (12-11).

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At Palau Blaugrana, Barcelona came a step away from a major upset, but Cory Higgins hit the game winner and led the Catalans past Bayern Munich (72-70).

In a hard-fought battle for the majority of the game, the Bavarians trailed by 12 late in the fourth (63-51), but came back and tied the game (70-70).

After Higgins’ two-pointer, Bayern had the chance to win the game and stun the “Blaugrana”, but Ognjen Jaramaz missed the game-winning three-pointer and Barcelona emerged victorious.

The hosts stayed next to the top of the standings with a 15-8 record, while Bayern missed a great chance of keeping its playoff chances intact and fell to 9-14.

At Mediolanum Forum, Armani Milano rallied past Crvena Zvezda and extended its winning streak to two games in an attempt to save a disappointing EuroLeague campaign.

The Italians never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 16 points (43-27) to cruise to an easy home victory over a Zvezda team that played poor basketball on both ends.

Armani Milano climbed to 8-15 in the standings, but remains four wins away from the playoff zone. Meanwhile, Zvezda has now lost four in a row and dropped to 10-13.

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