Panathinaikos take on Maccabi Electra in Game 5 of their best-of-five series on Thursday.
Panathinaikos came good when it mattered most to beat Maccabi Electra 69-78 last Thursday in Tel Aviv, tying their best-of-five Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs series at 2-2 and forcing a decisive Game 5 at home in Athens.
The lead changed hands four times in the last five minutes, but after David Blu put the hosts up 67-66, Dimitris Diamantidis scored six free throws in the final three minutes as the defending champs outscored Maccabi 2-12 to secure a crucial win.
Panathinaikos had led for most of the tie and were up 11 in the third quarter, but Maccabi always rallied back until running out of shots down the stretch.
Nick Calathes headed the Panathinaikos attack with 15 points, former Maccabi star Sarunas Jasikevicius netted 13 and Diamantidis and Kostas Kaimakoglou had 12 each.
Devin Smith and Keith Langford paced Maccabi with 14 points apiece, Lior Eliyahu scored 12 and Yogev Ohayon tallied nine points and nine rebounds.
Greek side Panathinaikos boast five Euroleague crowns since the turn of the century and the third-most Final Four appearances (10) in competition history, which will make them favourites for this one in many people's eyes.