Four series, 13 games and 520 minutes of quarterfinal action in stats.
Four players tie for most field goals in the series (23)
Four players hit 23 field goals in the first round: Alexey Shved (Khimki), Errick McCollum (UNICS), Arnett Moultrie (Kalev) and Jalen Reynolds (Zenit). The St. Petersburg center needed one extra game to reach the mark.
Seven players record double-doubles
Seven players were able to bring down a double-double in the quarterfinals. Jalen Reynolds (Zenit), Raymar Morgan (UNICS), Maurice Ndour (UNICS), Melvin Ejim (UNICS), Will Clyburn (CSKA) and Arnett Moultrie (Kalev) did it via the rebound, while Branko Mirkovic (Kalev) was the only player to record a double-double with assists.
13 games on national television
All 13 games were shown on easily accessible TV channels. Five games each were on Match TV and Match! Strana, while three games were shown on Match! Arena.
CSKA has won 25 straight playoff games at home
After the series with Nizhny Novgorod, CSKA’s home winning streak in the playoffs has reached 25 games. The last time the Army Men lost at home in the USH CSKA was five years ago on May 10, 2014 (81-66 vs. Lokomotiv-Kuban).
27 lead changes in Game 4 between Zenit and Lokomotiv-Kuban
Game 4 between Zenit and Lokomotiv-Kuban was extremely competitive with 27 lead changes! That’s a new record for the VTB United League playoffs.
Kalev guard Branko Mirkovic became the oldest player in postseason history to record a double-double. In Game 3 vs. UNICS, the Serbian guard put up 17 points and 10 assists.
UNICS scores 40 in a quarter
UNICS Kazan set a new playoff record for points in a quarter in Game 2 vs. Kalev. Dimitris Priftis’ men cruised to 40 points in the opening period, shooting 13-18 from the field, 4-7 from beyond the arc and 10-10 at the line.
McCollum’s 79% three-point shooting
One of the biggest stars of the first round was UNICS Kazan guard Errick McCollum. The American led everyone in scoring (23.0), efficiency rating (23.0), three-point field goals (11) and three-point field goal percentage (79%). That’s the best percentage by a player in the postseason with at least 10 attempts from beyond the arc.
Mickey’s 91% from the field
Khimki center Jordan Mickey also couldn’t miss in the first round. In the series with Astana, the American big man missed only two shots (19-21), including 2-2 from beyond the arc. That was good for a ridiculous 91.3%.
Shved reaches 2,500 career points
Khimki star Alexey Shved became the first player in VTB United League history to record 2,500 points in a career. Shved made history in Game 2 vs. Astana, playing in his 137th VTB League game.