|Mehmet Okur's soft shooting touch from downtown gave Türk Telekom a narrow win over Pinar Karsiyaka|
Mehmet Okur hit a game-winning three-pointer on Tuesday night to lift Turk Telekom to victory at Pinar Karsiyaka.
With Turkish basketball still talking about the 50-point explosion by Okur's former Utah Jazz teammate Deron Williams for Besiktas last week, Okur capped another solid performance with a long-range shot that gave the Ankara team an 83-81 triumph on Tuesday.
The result had left both sides with 2-2 records in Group G.
Utah Jazz big man Okur, like New Jersey Nets guard Williams, is to soon head back to the United States following Saturday's announcement that the lockout is set to end this week.
Okur had 14 points and 10 rebounds in Izmir against Karsiyaka.
His free-throw had given Turk Telekom an 80-79 advantage with 31 seconds to go but Karsiyaka went in front when Alper Saruhan hit a jump shot.
After a timeout by the visitors, Okur caught a pass by Muratcan Güler and hit the shot from the arc with nine seconds to play for a two-point lead.
Mire Chatman of Karsiyaka had an opportunity to put the home side back in front but his three-pointer was off target.
Darius Washington scored 19 points and Muratcan Güler had 13 along with eight rebounds and six assists.
"Through the great win in Izmir, we attain an important adventage, now we want to win our next two games and use the oppurtunity. Even the low percentage behind the three point line, we won, but if we can also improve it than these games will be easier for us. From now on we do not have the luxury to be able to lose any more, as I told before I wish to qualify with the other Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka from the group. We will play for them and win in Ankara.
Pinar Karsiyaka head coach Hakan Demir:
"We played well, but could not play the last part. We fought, Telekom also played well, congratulations to them. We won 2 and 2 lost, to be able to qualify we have to win away games."
Turk Telekom player Bekir Yarangume:
"Everything just started in the group, and we want to win back to back in the next two games to qualify."
Pinar Karsiyaka player Onur Kentli:
"Turk Telekom had an important win tonight in a such hard atmosphere, congratulations. We lost the game at the last second. Anyway we have two more games in the group, we want two win both and qualify."