PAOK pushed Olympiakos all the way in Piraeus but could not translate its good showing into an upset of the league leader on Monday, as the Reds eventually won to stay on top of the table.
Olympiakos scored an 83-76 victory thanks to eight unanswered points right at the end of the game at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, and thanks to its captain Vassilis Spanoulis who spoke at the end of the game just as the three-pointer storm of PAOK subsided: He made eight points in the last 68 seconds.
Panathinaikos was also challenged by Kolossos on Rhodes, but eventually won rather comfortably with a 77-64 score on Sunday, while the Rhodes fans gave a standing ovation to Panathinaikos captain, Dimitris Diamantidis who is on the last season of his career.
AEK, in third, defeated visiting Korivos Amaliadas 70-49 on Saturday thanks to its excellent defensive performance, while Aris, in fourth, also won at home against Lavrio (82-68).
Kifissia is now alone in fifth after seeing off Trikala 115-79, the biggest victory in the club’s history in the top flight.
Struggling Kavala and Arkadikos suffered away losses and see their survival chances diminish by the week. Kavala lost 66-59 at Apollon Patras and Arkadikos went down 89-76 at Rethymno.