Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv Reaches Euroleague Finals

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Haaretz

In a thrilling comeback victory, Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team defeated CSKA Moscow 68-67 at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Milan on Friday, qualifying for the finals.

At one point late in the game, CSKA Moscow was up 15, only to lose on a last-second basket to seal the come-from-behind victory.

They will face Real Madrid in Sunday's Euroleague championship game, after the Spaniards trounced local rivals Barcelona 100-62.

Maccabi secured its place in Friday's game last week after a 86-66 home win over Emporio Armani Milan, a victory that completed a 3-1 victory in their best-of-five quarter-final series. Maccabi have four Euroleague titles.

Real Madrid reached the final four after triumphing over Olympiacos Piraeus, the Greek team who beat the Spaniards in last year's final.

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s U.S. guard Tyrese Rice (C) celebrates with teammates after winning the Euroleague 2014 Final Four semifinal match on May 16, 2014 at the Mediolanum Forum in Assago. Credit: AFP
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A Maccabi Tel Aviv supporter celebrates after Maccabi Tel Aviv's victory over CSKA Moscow, in Milan, Italy, May 16, 2014.Credit: AP
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Maccabi Tel Aviv supporters celebrates after Maccabi Tel Aviv's victory over CSKA Moscow, in Milan, Italy, May 16, 2014.Credit: AFP
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Maccabi Tel Aviv's Tyrese Rice celebrates after Maccabi Tel Aviv's victory over CSKA Moscow, in Milan, Italy, May 16, 2014.Credit: AFP

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