Turkish Airlines EuroLeague RS - Round 26 MVP: Nico Laprovittola, FC Barcelona
A big win against his former team in El Clásico allowed Nico Laprovittola of FC Barcelona to earn the Round 26 MVP honor, the first of his four-season Turkish Airlines EuroLeague career. Laprovittola led Barcelona to a 68-86 victory against Real Madrid with a performance index rating of 27, the highest among winning players in this round. He finished the game with 20 points on near-perfect shooting: 2 of 3 two-pointers, 5 of 5 three-pointers and 1 of 1 free throws. Laprovittola added 7 rebounds – the highest total for either team – 2 assists and 4 fouls drawn for the third-best PIR of his career. From the same game, Walter Tavares of Real had a PIR of 35, the highest in Round 26, but in a losing effort. Tavares scored 25 points on 10-for-10 two-point and 5-for-6 free-throw shooting, adding 6 rebounds, an assist, a steal and 5 fouls drawn. Wade Baldwin of Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz also amassed a PIR of 27 in his team's road loss against AX Armani Exchange Milan. Baldwin had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assist, a steal and 7 fouls drawn. Scottie Wilbekin of Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv and Vasilije Micic of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, each with a PIR of 25, completed the top individual performances in Round 26.
Individual highs: Vasilije Micic of Anadolu Efes, 13 assists
Tavares had Round 26's highest point total, with 25 against Barcelona. Nikola Mirotic of Barcelona remains the competition's top scorer at 16.8 points per game. Nicolo Melli of AX Armani Exchange Milan led all Round 26 rebounders by pulling down 11 against Baskonia. Georgios Papagiannis of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens is the competition's best rebounders at 7.7 per night. Micic of Efes dished 13 assists, matching his personal-best, against Olympiacos Piraeus. Lorenzo Brown of UNICS Kazan is the overall leader in assists at 6.1 per game. Stefan Jovic of Panathinaikos, Dmitrii Uzinskii of UNICS, Derrick Williams of Maccabi, his teammate Keenan Evans, Jordan Loyd of Zenit St Petersburg and Elijah Bryant of Efes each collected 3 steals in Round 26. John Brown of UNICS ranks first in steals, averaging 2.8 per game. Victor Wembanyama of LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne had 4 blocks, his personal best, against Panathinaikos. Tavares leads the blocks standings at 1.9 on average. Papagiannis, Micic and Nicolo Melli of AX Armani Exchange Milan each recorded a double-double in Round 26