Dusan KecmanOne of the finest displays of leadership in Playoffs history was just enough on Tuesday to make Partizan Belgrade swingman Dusan Kecman the Game 1 MVP in more ways than one. Kecman was the chief protagonist as Partizan rallied from 21 points behind to shock Maccabi Electra with a 77-85 road victory to seize the homecourt advantage in their best-of-five series. Kecman, who won the Euroleague title last season with Panathinaikos, started Partizan's scoring on Tuesday with a modest layup, but soon was measuring his long-range shot even as Maccabi roared ahead by 36-15 midway through the second quarter. Kecman kept drilling triples, however, burying 7 of 9 attempts by the end of the night, as Partizan slowly silenced the city of Tel Aviv until pulling off the eight-point upset. Kecman finished with 29 points, his Euroleague career high. His 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal helped him get a performance index rating of 30, which was the best of the night, but not by much. Following Kecman, in a valiant but losing effort, was Asseco Prokom Gdynia forward Qyntel Woods, whose 23 points and 11 rebounds led to a 29 index rating and put a scare into host Olympiacos, which survived in the end, 83-79. Just one rating point behind came the Olympiacos star of that victory, forward Linas Kleiza, with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for a 28 index rating. One of Kecman's teammates, point guard Bo McCalebb, followed with a 24 index rating on a near triple-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in Partizan's huge comeback win. And in fifth position was another big winner, Pete Mickeal of Regal FC Barcelona, who scored 18 points and pulled 6 rebounds on the way to a 23 index rating in a 68-61 victory over Real Madrid that was helped mightily by his back-to-back triples in the fourth quarter.


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