EuroLeague - Playoffs Game 1 MVP: Vasilije Micic of Anadolu Efes Istanbul
With Anadolu Efes Istanbul playing its first-ever Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs series opener on its home floor, point guard Vasilije Micic starred to help make the occasion a winning one and in the process became MVP for Game 1. Micic led his team to a 75-68 victory over FC Barcelona Lassa on Wednesday by setting a playoff career-highs with 21 points and 7 assists. He made 3 of 4 two-point shots and 4 of 5 three-pointers. Micic also tallied 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 6 fouls drawn for a career-high performance index rating of 30. Two players had index ratings of 21 in Game 1: Efes center Bryant Dunston and CSKA Moscow point guard Sergio Rodriguez. Dunston collected 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks against Barcelona, while Rodriguez had 19 points on 5-for-6 three-point shooting and 5 assists in a 94-68 win over KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. Walter Tavares of Real Madrid had an index rating of 19 with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in a dramatic 75-72 win over Panathinaikos OPAP Athens. Wrapping up the list of Game 1's top performers was his teammate Facundo Campazzo who had 8 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals for a PIR 18.