UNICS dominates Khimki in top-three showdown
VTB United League
UNICS Kazan defeated Khimki Moscow Region at home, 73-58 (21-9, 17-15, 16-21, 19-13).
UNICS: Raymar Morgan (23 + 6 reb + 6 stl), Pierria Henry (13 + 6 ast)
Khimki: Malcolm Thomas (10 + 5 reb)
UNICS seized control of a huge top of the table clash from the opening tip, outscoring Khimki 16-0 in the first four minutes, and went on to win comfortably.
Khimki trailed UNICS by one game for second place entering the match-up and after a loss to Lokomotiv-Kuban at home earlier in the week was desperate to get back on track.
Instead, UNICS built on its huge win over CSKA with another elite victory and looks poised to secure the second seed in the postseason and possibly threaten Moscow for the regular season title.
Defense was the key for Kazan. The home team forced 26 turnovers, four more than any other team in the League this season and capitalized with a +14 in points off turnovers.
UNICS went up by as much as 20 midway through the 2nd quarter and never let the visitors get closer than eight the rest of the way.
Raymar Morgan led UNICS with 23 points, six rebounds and a season-best six steals.