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Olympiacos Pireus needed to get back to winning ways in Round 22

Olympiacos Pireus needed to get back to winning ways in Round 22 and it did just that with an 89-72 win over Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv, which featured a historic performance from this week’s MVP of the Round, Nikola Milutinov.

The Serbian center etched his name into the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague’s history books with his display against Maccabi, as he finished the game with 20 points and 20 rebounds. Notably, Milutinov became just the fourth player this century – and the first since March 2007 – to record a double-double of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. He made 8-of-13 two-point shots and 4-of-5 free throws, in addition to recording 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block and 6 drawn fouls. Milutinov's PIR of 40 was the highest of any player in Round 22, earning him the eighth MVP of the Round honor of his career and his second this season.

Mike James of AS Monaco had the second-best PIR in this round, 32, as his team beat league leader Real Madrid 98-74. The 33-year-old James had an incredible all-round performance, posting 15 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, 5 steals and drawing 3 fouls. Coming in third spot is Devon Hall, whose 30 PIR couldn’t prevent EA7 Emporio Armani Milan from falling 84-72 at Valencia Basket. Hall, like James, did a bit of everything for his team, amassing 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 5 drawn fouls. Three players round out the list of best performers in Round 22, as they all had a 29 PIR: Rodrigue Beaubois of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Daniel Hackett of Virtus Segafredo Bologna and Chris Jones of Valencia. Beaubois had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal in a 98-74 win against FC Barcelona; Hackett recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal in a 73-63 triumph over LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne; and Jones amassed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 rebounds against Milan.

Individual highs: P.J. Dozier, Partizan, 6 steals

Baskonia's Markus Howard led all players with 32 points in Round 22, which marked the third time this season he scored 30 or more points. Monaco star Mike James is the leading scorer this season at 19.3 points per game.

Nikola Milutinov pulled down 20 rebounds in this round, an Olympiacos club record and the most by any player in the competition in more than a decade. Chima Moneke of Baskonia is the league’s new top rebounder with 7.4 boards per night.

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne point guard Paris Lee had a career-high 12 assists, with only James matching that round-high mark. Real Madrid playmaker Facundo Campazzo leads the way in assists with 6.8 dimes per contest. 

P.J. Dozier of Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade led all players in Round 22 with 6 steals, the most by any player this season. Lee tops the charts in steals with 2.0 per game.

Baskonia's Matthew Costello had a career-best 4 blocks, the most of any player in Round 22. Real’s Walter Tavares is averaging a league-best 1.6 rejections per night.

There were six double-doubles in Round 22: Milutinov (20 points, 20 rebounds), Moneke (13 points, 12 rebounds), James (15 points, 12 assists), Zalgiris Kaunas’s Laurynas Birutis (16 points, 10 rebounds), and ASVEL’s duo of Lee (14 points, 12 assists) and Youssoupha Fall (17 points, 12 rebounds).

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