Nikola Mirotic had his career-best performance against his former team in one of basketball’s biggest rivalries on Friday, leading FC Barcelona to a 93-80 victory over Real Madrid to claim the honor of MVP of the round 14. Mirotic set a new career- high with a performance index of 39 and tied his career best score with 31 points. In 29 minutes on the ground, Mirotic went 4 for 4 on two points, 3 for 6 on triples and 14 for 15 at the free throw line. He completed a double-double with a record 10 rebounds to go with 1 assist and 9 draws. This is Mirotic’s eighth round MVP and second this season. After in second place was Nikola Milutinov, who reigned inside in CSKA Moscow’s 51-73 victory over Zalgiris Kaunas. His 36 PIR, the second best of his career, came with 19 points on an 8-on-9 two-point shot and 12 rebounds. He also had a steal and a block, and 5 draws, in 26 minutes. Then, with a PIR of 35, came Jan Vesely who played the role of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul went on the road to beat Zenit St Petersburg 80-86. Vesely scored 22 points in the first half on his way to a career-high 32, making 9 of 11 two-pointers and 2 of 3 threes. He also had 5 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Fourth on the round 14 performance list was Lorenzo Brown of UNICS Kazan, who orchestrated a route 74-85 victory at Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for a PIR of 30, his higher for a road match in three Euroleague seasons. Concluding this week’s top five list, Vladimir Lucic, whose 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for a 29 PIR allowed FC Bayern Munich to win 83-71 at home against Anadolu Efes Istanbul .
Individual Highs: Daniel Hackett, CSKA, 6 interceptions
Vesely led all scorers with 32 points, his career high. Elie Okobo from LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne remains the league’s leading scorer with 17.7 points per game. Lucic and Milutinov each had 12 rebounds, the most in this round. Georgios Papagiannis of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens leads the league, averaging 8.1 rebounds. Darryl Macon has 11 assists, more than any player in Round 14. FC Barcelona’s Nick Calathes leads the season’s assists table with 5.7 per game. CSKA’s Daniel Hackett has a career-high 6 interceptions, more than any player this week and tied for most in any game this season. John Brown of UNICS topped the charts with 2.6 steals per game. Papagiannis led all players this week with 4 blocked shots. Real Madrid’s Walter Tavares remains the top shots blocker with 1.8 per game. There have been four double-doubles this round, Macon with 20 points and 11 assists, Papagiannis with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Mirotic, Milutinov and Lucic.