CSKA take Olympiakos revenge, Djokovic inspires Red Star

Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:23pm EST
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By Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian guard Milos Teodosic helped six-time Euroleague winners CSKA Moscow secure a 92-85 home win over Olympiakos Piraeus on Friday to avenge three painful defeats by the Greek side.

Red Star Belgrade were cheered on by tennis world number one Novak Djokovic as they beat Cedevita Zagreb 94-74 to rack up their fourth win in five games in Thursday's stand-out fixture.

On the same night, holders Real Madrid, who are chasing a record-extending 10th title in Europe's premier club competition, enjoyed an impressive 93-82 success at Khimki Moscow.

CSKA carved out an eight-point lead in a disjointed first half, with both teams committing a flurry of turnovers.

They maintained their advantage in a much more entertaining second period, with Teodosic running the show against his former club to finish on a game-high 21 points with five assists.

The outcome gave CSKA some measure of revenge for losing to Olympiakos in the 2012 final as well as in the 2013 and 2015 semis, with the Russian side firmly on course to reach this season's knockout stages.

"It was a very important win for us as we improved our Top 16 record in the section to 5-2," the 28-year old Teodosic told Euroleague television.

"Olympiakos are a serious team and we knew they would come here to play tough basketball, but we responded well."   Continued...