ATHENS (Euroleague) - Anadolu Efes had the look of a team that was dead and buried in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague after their heavy defeat at Olympiacos two weeks ago.
The Reds rolled to a 71-53 win in Game 2 for a 2-0 lead in the Quarter-Final series.
Needing just one victory in Istanbul to clinch a second straight trip to the Final Four, though, the defending champions lost both games at the Abdi Ipekci.
Efes, a team coached by Oktay Mahmuti and one that is full of national team players from various countries, showed grit and plenty of resolve in Games 3 and 4 at the Abdi Ipekci to pull level, winning 83-72 and 74-73, respectively.
The deciding fifth game will be played on Friday night at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Athens.
"I think that the team that fights on the court and controls its nerves will grab the London ticket," Mahmuti said.
"For this, we have to play our own game and must fight on the court for 40 minutes.
"Our goal is to return to Istanbul with the third win and to reach the third Final Four in our history."
The teams haven't just met each other in the Quarter-Finals.
They also split their regular-season series with each club winning by double-digit margins.
There won't be any secrets when the teams meets for a seventh time.
One of the many internationals in the series is Turkey guard Kerem Tunceri of Efes.
He needs just three more assists to become the 10th player in Euroleague history to have 500.
Jordan Farmar is leading the Turkish team in scoring at 12 points per game the play-offs.
Greece internationals Kostas Papanikolaou, Georgios Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis will be looking to have big performances for Olympiacos.
Papanikolaou is the competition's most accurate three-point shooter at 53.4% this season while Printezis, who made the game-winning shot in last year's Euroleague title game against CSKA Moscow, is Olympiacos’ top scorer in the playoffs with 13.3 points per game.
Olympiacos coach Georgios Bartzokas expects his players to show up breathing fire.
"When a coach or a player agrees to play for Olympiacos," he said, "he does this in order to play games like this one."