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Kendrick Nunn wins it at the buzzer; Panathinaikos retains 2nd place momentum on the road vs Virtus

EuroLeague Round 32 was huge for Panathinaikos who saw Kendrick Nunn scoring a floater at the buzzer to serve the “Greens” with an 81-79 victory over Virtus Bolo gna on the road. The visitors came up with a double-digit in the first half, but Virtus Bologna stormed back in the second to set up a thrilling finale.

Panathinaikos took an 19-37 lead after the first 13 minutes, but Virtus Bologna gradually returned to the game. The Italians took a 79-76 lead after an Ognjen Dobric three with 40 seconds remaining for the end of the regulation. The Serbian took advantage of a missed three from Marius Grigonis in the previous sequence.

The Lithuanian, however, did hit a crucial and-1 shot in the next Panathinaikos offense to tie the game at 79-79. Iffy Lundberg tried to answer back with a three but missed the target and Kendrick Nunn won the game for the “Greens” who improved to 21-11. Panathinaikos needs two more wins in the last two games to clinch the 2nd place.

“Virtus is a great team, they always fight their games, In the end we hit big shots. Amazing game from Nunn who made the basket and gave us the win,” Panathinaikos captain Kostas Sloukas said.

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Kostas Sloukas leads the way for Panathinaikos; Kendrick Nunn beats the buzzer

Kostas Sloukas led the way with 20 points along with 4 assists, while Jerian Grant finished with 13 adding also 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Kendrick Nunn finished with 16 points including the winning basket at the buzzer along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Panathinaikos made 11 of its 26 threes after starting the game 6-of-7, while the visitors ended the thriller with 17 points from Virtus’ turnovers. The Italians registered 13 turnovers with 21 assists while the visitors had just 8 while dishing 13 assists.

“The atmosphere was amazing, but we did it. It was quiet a game, Sloukas carried us throughout the match. We did a good job. Even when we were down four, we didn’t give up. In the end, the coach believed me and I had to do it,” Nunn noted during EuroLeague’s flash interview.

Virtus Bologna suffered its 5th consecutive defeat and dropped to 17-15 despite Toko Shengelia scoring 19 points and Marco Belinelli adding 17. Shengelia recorded a new career milestone by reaching 3,000 points in his EuroLeague career.

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