Locked-out New Jersey Net Jordan Farmar continued his personal drive to history in impressive fashion against Real Madrid on Thursday night. Farmar contributed a huge 35 overall performance index rating based on 27 points on 10-of-12 overall shooting to go with five assists in Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 88-82 win. The official Euroleague writeup on the EL’s top five performers of week three follows, along with a Farmar-filled highlight reel.
(Euroleague) – Jordan Farmar delivered his finest performance to date since joining Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv over the summer, leading the Israeli champs to an 88-82 victory over Real Madrid and earn Week 3 bwin MVP honors.
Farmar, a Euroleague rookie, had big shoes to fill this season when he took the spot in the starting lineup of All-Euroleague point guard Jeremy Pargo, who led the Israeli champs to the EL title game last season. But in a highly-anticipated showdown against the team Maccabi bested in the semifinals at last season’s Final Four in Barcelona, Farmar came through using his speed, shot-making ability and ball-handling skills to post big numbers: He finished with 27 points on 9-of-11 two-point shooting, made his only three-point attempt, and added five assists, four rebounds and eight fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 35, which was best in the Euroleague this week.
Another newcomer, Partizan mt:s guard Acie Law, also produced his best Euroleague game yet in leading his team to its maiden win this season. Law registered 26 points, seven assists, two steals and just one turnover for a 32 index rating – second best in Week 3 – as Partizan topped Belgacom Spirou, 91-81, Thursday at Pionir Arena.
Third on the list of Week 3 stars is a savvy veteran: Rimantas Kaukenas of Montepaschi Siena went off for 24 points on near-perfect shooting as his team routed Galatasaray Medical Park 103-77 on Wednesday. Kaukenas finished with an index rating of 30.
Week 2 bwin MVP Nicolas Batum produced another big night on the road Thursday, but it wasn’t enough to steer SLUC Nancy to victory. Nevertheless, Batum amassed 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals as part of his 29 index rating. Rounding out the list of top Week 3 performers is two-time All-Euroleague big man Erazem Lorbek, who had 24 points with just two missed shots plus five rebounds as FC Barcelona Regal trumped Unics Kazan 65-93 in Russia.