EuroLeague Basketball made a unique decision on Thursday by naming three MVPs for Game 3 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Play-Offs. Real Madrid teammates Gustavo Ayon and Luka Doncic and Bryant Dunston from Anadolu Efes Istanbul take the honor. This is the first time in history that the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague has three MVPs at this stage of the competition.
Ayon and Doncic helped Los Blancos to an 81-88 road win over Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul. The win gave Real Madrid a 2-1 series lead with two games left to play. In the game, Ayon connected for 18 points, while also pulling in 9 rebounds and handing out 3 assists. Doncic drained 13 points in the winning effort and also chipped in off the glass with 8 boards.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul faced a tough game against Olympiacos at home. However, Dunston was fundamental in a 64-60 win that puts the Turkish club in a fantastic position, 2-1 up with Game 4 in Istanbul. In a low scoring game, Dunston stood out with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Dunston and Ayon are claiming their first MVP awards of the season, while Doncic is celebrating his third.
Ante Zizic can probably feel hard done by to miss out on the MVP award. The Darussafaka player claimed 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He finished with a game index of 28, the highest of Game 3.