FC Bayern Munich came back from 9 down in the fourth quarter to edge Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 81-78 in a thriller at Audi Dome on Thursday night.
The result lifted Bayern’s record to 5-6 and sent Panathinaikos to 2-9 with its fifth straight loss. After trailing for nearly all of the middle two quarters, Bayern took the lead through DeShaun Thomas on the first basket of the fourth quarter. However, Daryl Macon Jr. led a 0-10 Panathinaikos response with a triple and 2 assists to give the Greens a 61-70 advantage with 6 minutes remaining. Bayern battled back, took the lead on a Vladimir Lucic three-pointer with 29 seconds to go and held on thanks to 4 late free throws by Augustine Rubit before Nemanja Nedovic missed a tough contested three to tie it at the buzzer.
Darrun Hilliard paced the Bayern attack with 20 points, Thomas finished with 15 and Rubit had 12. Ioannis Papapetrou led the visitors with 17 points and Macon added 12 points and 6 assists.