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Zenit made the first step forward in the series against Avtodor with a 91-80 home victory.
The St. Peterburg side was paced by Sergey Karasev and Kyle Kuric, who shared 21 and 17 points each.
Zenit led the first half with 49-35, though in the second half the visitors tried to make their comeback and closed the margin to 65-58 after 30 minutes.
Still, the hosts regained composure in the final period and reached the crucial first win.