Panathinaikos BC AKTOR - Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv 87 – 91

In a thriller that went down to the final seconds, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv struck first in its best-of-five playoffs series by downing Panathinaikos AKTOR Athens 87-91 at OAKA in the Greek capital on Tuesday. Maccabi takes an early lead in the series, with Panathinaikos set to host Game 2 on Thursday.

Bonzie Colson led the winners with 18 points. Lorenzo Brown added 16, Wade Baldwin had 15 before leaving the game due to an injury, while Josh Nebo had 12 and 8 rebounds for Maccabi. Mathias Lessort paced Panathinaikos with 22 points. Kostas Sloukas added 12 and a career-high 13 assists, while Jerian Grant and Marius Grigonis each had 11 for the Greens.