Luka Doncic finds himself once again in a familiar position as the MVP of the Round after pacing Real Madrid to a 77-79 road win over Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champions Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul on Thursday. In a rematch of their 2017 semifinal, Madrid extended its winning streak to four games as Doncic came within 2 rebounds of the first EuroLeague triple-double in 11 years. His 20 points came on 3-for-3 from two-point and 11-for-12 free throw shooting. He also dished 10 assists, pulled down 8 rebounds, had 2 steals and drew 10 fouls, accumulating performance index rating of 37, the highest of all players in Round 15. This is Doncic's third MVP of the Round honor, which leads all EuroLeague players this season, and it was his fourth PIR of 35 or higher, three more than any other player. The second-best PIR of the round, 35, belonged to Sergio Rodriguez of league leaders CSKA Moscow. In a road win over Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Rodriguez scored 25 points, connecting on 3 of 6 two-point shots and 6 of 9 three-pointers. He also had 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 5 fouls drawn. In that same game, Baskonia's Tornike Shengelia finished with an index rating of 33 after collecting 20 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 7 fouls drawn. Fourth among best performers of the round was Derrick Brown of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, who had a PIR of 29 in just his fifth game of the season. Brown posted 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block and 5 fouls drawn in come-from-behind home win over Brose Bamberg. The fifth-best performer in Round 15 was Milko Bjelica of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, index rating 28, after his 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 10 fouls drawn in a victory over AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan.
Individual Highs: Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, 4 blocks
CSKA's Rodriguez had 25 points to lead all scorers in this round. Alexey Shved of Khimki Moscow Region has an average of 21.4 points as the EuroLeague leading scorer at midseason. Shengelia, Bryant Dunston of Efes and Chris Singleton of Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens each grabbed 13 rebounds, a new career-high for all each, leading all players in Round 15. Injured Khimki big man Thomas Robinson jumped back atop the rebounding leaderboard with his 7.8 per contest. Doncic was the only player in Round 15 dishing double-digit assists, with 10. Injured Panathinaikos point guard Nick Calathes remains the EuroLeague's assist leader with 7.9 per game. Three players had 5 steals in Round 15: Singleton, Brad Wanamaker of Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul and Jonah Bolden of Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv. It was a new career best for Wanamaker, who re-emerged as the season leader in steals with 1.8 per night. Dunston was the top blocker of this round as he swatted away 4 shots. He remains the league leader with an average of 1.7 blocks.