Starting the match with Heurtel, Cotton, Cedi, Brown and Dunston, Anadolu Efes’s first points were scored by Cedi from the foul line. With Heurtel and Brown’s points followed by Cotton’s five points–one from a three-point field goal–Efes was trailing 11-13 past the fifth minute. Following the TV timeout that minute, Efes had a layup by Omic and a three-point field goal by Heurtel at 6:30, pulling up for the first time in the match: 16-15. Unable to score in the remaining duration, Anadolu Efes was trailing 16-20 past the first 10 minutes. Starting the second quarter with Thomas’s layup, Efes had two-point field goals by Heurtel and Granger. When the opponent increased the margin to 10 points in the 14th minute, coach Perasovic called a timeout. Getting a 6-0 scoring run with Heurtel and Honeycutt after the timeout, Efes brought the margin down trailing 28-32 as Panathinaikos was the side calling the timeout this time. Bringing the lead down to two points with a spectacular slam dunk by Honeycutt after the timeout, Anadolu Efes got five points by Thomas in the remaining minutes of the half, trailing 35-42 while heading into the locker room for the halftime.
Starting the second half with a three-point play by Brown, Anadolu Efes defended well and tied the game at 21:30 with Honeycutt’s points on fast-breaks: 42-42. Pulling up 44-42 at 23.20 with Brown, Efes increased the scoring run in the second half to 11-0 with Dunston, leading 46-42 into the 24th minute. Scoring with Dunston and Heurtel in the final minutes of the quarter, Anadolu Efes was tied with the opponent 53-53 while heading into the final 10 minutes. Starting the final quarter with Thomas and Cedi’s three-point field goals, Efes was ahead 59-55 at 31:30. As the opponent reclaimed the lead 59-62 in the 34th minute, Efes was behind 61-65 with 5:20 minutes left in the match after Honeycutt’s field goal. Dunston and Granger re-tied the game with 3:30 minutes left: 65-65. Pulling up 68-65 with 2:30 minutes left following Granger’s three-pointer, Anadolu Efes allowed five points and was trailing 68-70 into the final minute. With the score tied 70-70 into the final 18 seconds of the match after Cotton’s layup, we managed to defend well and the match ended in a tie at 70-70.
As Heurtel scored the first field goal of the overtime at 41:10, Efes reclaimed the lead: 72-70. While Anadolu Efes was leading 74-73 into the last 2:45 after Dunston’s field goal from the paint, Heurtel’s free throw tied the game once more with two minutes left to play: 75-75. Even though Anadolu Efes reclaimed the lead 77-75 with Dunston’s field goal with 1:16 minutes left, the opponent managed to hit the buzzer beater for an overtime score of 77-77.
Starting the second overtime with two free throws by Brown, Anadolu Efes had a three-pointer by Honeycutt, leading 82-77 past the 46th minute. Leading 84-77 with Cotton’s perimeter field-goal, Efes increased the lead to nine points with 3:10 minutes left after Honeycutt converted a defensive rebound into two points: 86-77. With the score 86-81 after four points by the opponent, Perasovic called a timeout at 2:30. Leading 86-83 into the final 1:50 following the timeout, Efes had a field goal from the paint by Brown, leading 88-83 with 40 seconds left. Keeping ahead in the remaining duration, Anadolu Efes had a three-pointer by Heurtel and left the court victorious 91-83.