Over more than 250 games, there was plenty to see, hear, absorb and analyze from a 2017-18 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season that kept fans on the edge of their seats for almost eight months. Take a look back at some of the biggest moments and players with these Top 10 stunning upsets of the season!
10. Round 15: Valencia Basket 67-63 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
Valencia’s 10-game losing streak had to come to an end at some point, but a red-hot Panathinaikos side, which had won eight of its previous nine games before they met in Round 15, was not the most likely candidate to fall in Valencia. But fall the Greens did as Erick Green scored 21 points off the bench to pace Valencia in a thriller that wasn’t decided until the closing seconds.
9. Round 26: Olympiacos Piraeus 63-90 FC Barcelona Lassa
This win completed a convincing season sweep for Barcelona over the Reds. The two Barcelona victories came by a combined margin of 49 points. What made the result truly stand out was that Olympiacos had just won five in a row and was second in the league, while Barcelona was second-to-last in the table. Ante Tomic and Adrien Moerman each collected double-doubles for Barcelona, which used a 0-17 third-quarter surge to turn a two-point halftime lead into a blowout.
8. Round 10: Real Madrid 83-87 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
It’s fair to say that whenever Real Madrid loses at home to a team tied for last place, that’s an upset. This Round 10 game was all the more suprising when you consider that MVP-to-be Luka Doncic had a big night, with 20 points, 5 assists and a performance index rating of 32 off the bench. Taylor Rochestie and Milko Bjelica combined for 34 points to snap Crvena Zvezda’s five-game losing streak. That win was one of just three on the road for Zvezda all season and it came at the expense of the future champion.
7. Round 7: Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 72-92 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Entering this mid-November game, Maccabi was 4-2 and hosting a 1-5 Efes side. But when the game began, it did not appear as though Efes had checked the standings on its way to Menorah Mivtachim Arena. Instead, Errick McCollum drained 8 three-pointers and poured in 31 points – both career highs – to lead Efes to a convincing 20-point victory, which was its largest of the season.
6. Round 25: Khimki Moscow Region 77-86 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Late in the season, Khimki was not only in the hunt for a playoff spot, but also chasing home-court advantage for those playoffs, so it would be favored at home against most any team and certainly against the team in 14th place. But in this Round 25 contest, Andrew Goudelock erupted for a season-high 26 points to outduel Alexey Shved (24 points) and lead Milan to a stunning victory.
5. Round 12: Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 89-90 Zalgiris Kaunas
By the end of the season, the last matchup between these two teams was worth a spot in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game. But in Round 12, Zalgiris was still unproven. In fact, only one of its victories to that point came against a team with a winning record. So then-defending champion Fenerbahce at home was the prohibitive favorite on this night. However, Paulius Jankunas scored the go-ahead free throws with 40 seconds left, Aaron White came up with a key block at the other end, and Arturas Milaknis all but sealed the win with a late triple. Kevin Pangos produced a career-high 22 points plus 7 assists to lead the winners.
4. Round 12: Brose Bamberg 67-65 Olympiacos Piraeus
Brose Bamberg came off back-to-back losses and carried a losing record (5-6) into its Round 12 clash with the Reds, who were on a five-game winning streak and tied for best record in the league, 9-2. Olympiacos’s double-digit fourth-quarter advantage seemed to have all but wrapped up the victory. However, Brose went on a 13-0 tear down the stretch to turn the game on its head. Dorell Wright paced the winning side with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
3. Round 16: FC Barcelona Lassa 85-72 CSKA Moscow
When the second half of the regular season tipped off, CSKA Moscow was riding high atop the standings with a 12-3 record after winning six of its last seven games. Barcelona was ranked 13th with a 5-10 record after losing five of six. The outcome of their January 4 contest seemed to be a foregone conclusion until the backcourt of Thomas Heurtel and Petteri Koponen combined for 25 points off the bench to spark Barcelona to victory. The loss was tied for the largest margin of defeat for CSKA all season.
2. Round 1: Unicaja Malaga 68-67 Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
In a game that could have been called the Euroleague Basketball SuperCup, the reigning Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup champs met on opening night. Even though it was on the road, Fenerbahce led most of the game before a 19-3 fourth-quarter run gave Unicaja a 68-60 lead with less than 3 minutes remaining and the hosts held on for an exciting win to celebrate their return to the EuroLeague. Center Giorgi Shermadini led the winners with 10 points.
1. Playoffs Game 1: Olympiacos Piraeus 78-87 Zalgiris Kaunas
This was the game that ultimately shaped the season for two clubs. Zalgiris, spurred by this overtime victory, won the series to advance to the Final Four for the first time in 19 years. Olympiacos, which had big goals and earned home-court advantage for the playoffs, saw its season come to a premature end. It was a dramatic fixture in which Zalgiris rallied from 15 down to lead in the final minute before Vassilis Spanouls tied it with a three-pointer. The Reds missed on the final possession of regulation and then Zalgiris, led by Brandon Davies, dominated the extra session. Davies finished with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots and Kevin Pangos tallied 20 points and 6 assists for the winners.