Khimki, like Lokomotiv Kuban will be one of Zenit main rivals for the title this season and Zenit stopped over in Moscow to take on Khimki on the way home from Krasnodar.
Zenit were in Moscow without star players Vihrov and Tulson, who were both back in St.Petersburg recovering from injuries. WIthout the two stars the team struggled and found themselves behind from the first quater onwards. A better second quater saw Zenit matching the hosts for points with Janis Timma leading the charge. At the half-way point Zenit trailed by just 3 points, 36:33.
Zenit and Khimki traded points throughout the rest of the game and the blue-white-sky blues even managed to take the lead in the final ten minuets, but, as sometimes happens the home side regained the lead in the final moments of the match. With the final score of 73:71 being a fair reflection of the game.