Calathes sets new playoff record in rout of Real Madrid

Calathes sets new playoff record in rout of Real Madrid

Nick Calathes has made history yet again as he set a new EuroLeague playoff record in a dazzling display for Panathinaikos on Tuesday night…

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Panathinaikos got off to the perfect start in their EuroLeague playoff series with Real Madrid thanks to a 95-67 win at the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall on Tuesday night.

Mike James was the leading scorer for Panathinaikos as he notched 24 points to lead the Trifylli to a 1-0 series lead.

The man behind the scenes, however, point guard Nick Calathes, was the main source of inspiration for Xavi Pascual’s troops as he made EuroLeague history with 16 assists on the night.

Calathes’ playmaking ability has been no secret to the rest of the league after he surpassed international colleague Vassilis Spanoulis for the most assists in a EuroLeague season this campaign.

Real Madrid appeared to not get the memo on Calathes’ playmaking ability as the Spanish giants conceded the most assists to an opposing player in a EuroLeague playoff game since Thomas Heurtel set the previous record with 15 assists for Anadolu Efes in 2015.

Calathes’ 16 assists weren’t the only way the Greek international contributed on the night as his 11 points confirmed yet another trademark points and assists double-double.

Panathinaikos will hope Calathes can continue his efficiency as a passer when the Athenians host the second game of the series on Thursday night.

by Peter Katsiris
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