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EuroLeague: Belgrade win seven in a row as Fenerbahce win Istanbul bragging rights

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EuroLeague: Belgrade win seven in a row as Fenerbahce win Istanbul bragging rights

<p>Crvena Zvezda Belgrade celebrated their seventh straight win in the EuroLeague on Thursday evening when they beat six-times champions Panathinaikos in front of a sellout crowd in the Serbian capital.</p> <p>The home side got off to a blistering start and were leading by six at the close of the first quarter.</p> <p>They held onto that cushion at halftime and despite a sprited comeback by Pana in the third Belgrade held on in the fourth to see out a 72-66 victory.</p> <p>Marko Simonovic led the winners with 13 points as Luka Mitrovic chipped in with 11. Kenny Gabriel paced Panathinaikos with a career-high 23 points but it wasn’t good enough as the Greeks dropped to a seventh best 11-9 in the league.</p> <p>Belgrade are now 12-8 in fifth place.</p> <p>Elsewhere on the night Fenerbahce Istanbul rallied from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to down city rivals Galatasaray.</p> <p>Fenerbahce, playing in yellow registered their third straight win on the bounce to lift their season record to 13-7 which keeps them in the top four of the 16 team standings.</p> <p>It couldn’t be any worse for Galatasaray though.</p> <p>As a result of losing the Istanbul bragging rights they have now slipped to 6-14 for the season and are routed to the bottom of the table.</p> <p>Jan Vesely shined for the home side and notched up 20 points to pace Panathinaikos while Bobby Dixon added 17 points in the 85-80 victory.</p>