Renaldas Seibutis had his best game of the season for Neptunas, helping the Klaipeda side extend their winning streak to eight games in the Betsafe LKL with a close escape against the visiting Siauliai in an 84-79 triumph on Thursday evening.
The second-placed Neptunas improved to a 15-3 mark in the domestic championship and continued their unbeaten run at home, while Siauliai dropped to eighth place with a 6-12 record.
The 32-year-old shooting guard went 6-of-8 from the field for 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals for an efficiency of 38, the best mark by any player in the league this season.
Neptunas found themselves down 77-70 midway through the fourth quarter, but rallied 7-0 to tie things up at 77-all after Seibutis drained a mid-range jumper with 3:26 remaining on the clock.
A pair of free-throws by Akeem Wright had put Siauliai back in front, but Betsafe LKL December MVP Edgaras Zelionis knocked down a crucial three-pointer and added a dunk to swing the scales the other way in crunchtime.
Zelionis was the second-leading scorer for Neptunas behind Seibutis with 14 points and 9 rebounds, Matas Jucikas chipped in with an 11-point effort, while Simas Galdikas and Jerry Johnson had 10 points apiece.
Siauliai giant Laurynas Birutis collected a team-highs of 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Donatas Sabeckis and Akeem Wright scored 10 points apiece and combined for 13 assists as a pair.