Superstar point guard Luka Doncic just put on an all-time great Olympics debut, scoring the most points in an Olympic contest in the past 33 years while leading Slovenia to a 118-100 win over Argentina.
Good morning from Tokyo. Mad good Olympic debut for 77. pic.twitter.com/tr4ztOAce5— SLAM (@SLAMonline) July 26, 2021
“The Don” quickly asserted his dominance and interstellar range, scoring 15 points before five minutes had even ticked off the clock, and Argentina was forced to watch as stepback three after stepback three were launched from well beyond the international 3-point line.
Doncic erupted for 48 points—31 of them poured in by the half—11 rebounds and three blocks in just 31 minutes of action. Slovenia’s first-ever Olympic games saw their superstar shoot an efficient 18-for-29 from the field and 6-for-14 from three.
“We tried everything that we would have tried against a normal player,” Hernandez said, “but he’s not a normal player,” Argentina’s head coach Sergio Hernandez said.
The face of the Dallas Mavericks, Doncic flirted with the 55-point record of Brazilian Hall of Fame wing Oscar Schmidt (set in 1988) but was pulled with a few minutes remaining.
“I don’t care about records,” Doncic said. “We got a win and that’s what we came here for.”