Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs - Game 4 MVP: Tibor Pleiss, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Anadolu Efes Istanbul center Tibor Pleiss starred on Thursday night to lead his team's return to the Final Four and become the MVP for Game 4 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs.

Pleiss had one of the best performances of his career as Efes downed AX Armani Exchange Milan 75-70 to clinch their best-of-five series 3-1. Pleiss accumulated a performance index rating of 37, matching the third-best playoffs total in the last decade. It is also the second-best in his 11-season EuroLeague career. Pleiss scored a season-high 25 points while missing only 1 shot. The Efes big man went 5-of-6 on two-pointers, 3-of-3 on threes, and made all 6 free throws. His 88.9% field goal accuracy is the highest in the playoffs so far for any player making more than 5 shots. This is the second MVP of the Round honor for Pleiss, after his first one in November of 2016.

The next-best PIRs from Game 4 belonged to Pleiss's teammate Vasilije Micic and AS Monaco center Donta Hall, each with a PIR of 25. Micic posted 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in Efes's series-clinching win against Milan, while Hall collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, with a steal and a block in Monaco's thrilling 78-77 home win against Olympiacos Piraeus to even their series 2-2. Following them, Nick Weiler-Babb had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal for a PIR 24 for FC Bayern Munich in beating FC Barcelona 59-52 to force Game 5 in that series. Rounding out the list of best performers in Game 4 were Olympiacos teammates Kostas Sloukas and Sasha Vezenkov, with a PIR of 22 each. Sloukas had 19 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds, while Vezenkov collected 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in their team's loss at Monaco.

Individual highs: Kyle Hines, Milan, 12 rebounds

Tibor Pleiss of Anadolu Efes Istanbul led all Game 4 performers in scoring with 25 points, while his teammate Vasilije Micic remains the top overall scorer this season at 18.2 points per game. Kyle Hines of AX Armani Exchange Milan was top rebounder of Game 4 with 12 boards. Georgios Papagiannis of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens is the season-long rebounds leader with 8.2 on average. Shane Larkin of Efes and and Sergio Rodriguez of Milan each had 7 assists, the most in Game 4. Lorenzo Brown of UNICS Kazan is the season leader with 6.1 assists per game. Players with 2 steals in Game 4 included Larkin, Pleiss and Micic of Efes, Devon Hall of Milan, Nihad Dedovic and Zan Mark Sisko of Bayern, Nikola Mirotic of Barcelona, Paris Lee of Monaco and Kostas Papanikolaou of Olympiacos. John Brown of UNICS tops the steals charts this season with 2.8 per game. Pleiss and Bayern center Othello Hunter each had 2 blocks in Game 4. Papagiannis leads the league in blocks with 1.7 per game. The two double-doubles in Game 4 belong to Milan's Hines (10 points, 12 rebounds) and AS Monaco's Donta Hall (14 points, 10 rebounds).



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