The Dallas Mavericks have four players striving to qualify their countries for the Olympics, including superstar Luka Doncic. The knockout round began on Saturday with each team needing to win two straight games to advance to Tokyo.
Luka and Slovenia faced a tough Venezuelan squad in the Lithuanian tournament. The 22-year-old superstar was more than ready for the team’s toughest test yet. Doncic was incredible against Poland in the group stage, and he kept his hot streak going on July 3.
Here is a look at the highlights and more on Luka’s performance in the win over Venezuela before shifting focus to Sunday’s final.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic unbelievable as Slovenia tops Venezuela
Doncic brought out the pregame magic ahead of their matchup on July 3. See the incredible floater below.
Luka had his passing chops on full display as soon as the game tipped off. Venezuela was double-teaming and playing extremely hard, but the Mavericks superstar was picking their defense apart. Doncic had seven points, four assists, and three rebounds in his first 5.5-minute stint on the floor with Slovenia already out to a double-digit lead. See him going off here.
Luka was far from done. He played the entire second quarter and ran his totals to 13 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and one steal. Slovenia was up by seven at the break, but Venezuela was hanging tough.
The 22-year-old locked in his 3-point shot as Slovenia dominated the third quarter. Doncic also put on this beautiful move for an easy bucket.
Slovenia outscored Venezuela 23-14 in the third to push the lead to 16. Luka was pushing for a triple-double after 30 minutes. He had 21 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds in an incredible performance.
Doncic had to play in the fourth quarter for the first time in the tournament. He secured his second double-double in three games as Slovenia rolled to a 98-70 win. The 22-year-old finished with 23 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds. Slovenia outscored Venezuela by 30 during his 29.5 minutes on the floor.
Luka Doncic and Slovenia advanced to the finals with the victory. They will face the winner of Lithuania versus Poland at 11:20 a.m. local time in Dallas on July 4. It will be their toughest challenge yet. Lithuania features Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas. Expect the Dallas Mavericks superstar to be ready. Stay tuned to see if he can lead Slovenia to their first Olympics on Sunday.