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Zalgiris Kaunas survived Klaipėdos Neptūnas comeback to win 92-88 and take the upper hand in the series. Defending champions led by 18 points in the third quarter, but Neptunas bounced back and trailed only 87-89 in the final minute. However, Zalgiris barely escaped victorious. Karolis Lukošiūnas made 7 three-pointers and scored career-high 23 points.
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