Luka Doncic is just a 22-year-old Olympic rookie, he may be a few years away from his best basketball game. It is hard to argue after Monday’s performance at the Saitama Super Arena. Doncic made a brilliant debut in the Olympics with 48 points, becoming the second highest score in the history of men’s basketball in the Olympics. He led Slovenia to win their first game with a score of 118-100,
He outperformed himself and scored 31 points in the first half with. Though there was no need to do the same thing in the second half with Slovenia leading by a big score. The Dallas Mavericks guard persisted until the end. The match ended with Doncic scoring 48 points, which ended up him in a draw with Eddie Palubinskas, who scored 48 points for the Australian team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
When Doncic had a few minutes left in the game, there was enough time to break the record, but he was not interested in chasing extra points. Slovenia did not win a place in the Olympics until the beginning of this month, but thanks to Doncic, they are a danger for other teams. He had a great postseason in the NBA and might achieve the same results in the Olympics.
Luis Scola scored 23 points for Argentina. Denver Nuggets’ Facundo Campazzo added 21. The first day of Group C began with Luca’s game against Luis. This was a great matchup. Luis was participating record tying 5th time in the Olympics.
Doncic proved his game in Europe even before winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award. In his sophomore season, he became the first NBA player in his career to average 30 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game. Slovenia is a developing country in terms of Men’s Basketball. It won the European Basketball Championship in 2017 and then won an Olympic qualification earlier this month, thereby qualifying for the competition in Tokyo. His team Mavericks was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round of the NBA.
Spain and host Japan are also in Group C, but even those games should not be more difficult than against Doncic.