The Dallas Mavericks have been watching closely as Luka Doncic leads the Slovenian National Team this summer. Luka piloted them to two World Cup qualifying wins to begin the summer, but the action is just heating up as they faced Estonia in another qualifier on Aug. 25.
Estonia came out hot and fired up, but Doncic quickly responded and got his country in front, and they never looked back. The 23-year-old led Slovenia to a 104-83 blowout win to push his country to 5-2 in World Cup qualifying. Slovenia has lost just two games with Luka in the lineup, and both happened at last summer’s Olympics where they finished fourth.
Doncic put on a show in front of the home crowd on Thursday as he narrowly missed a triple-double. Here is a closer look at Luka’s performance, a few of his highlights, and what is next for the Slovenian National Team.
Luka Doncic expands highlight reel as Slovenia rolls past Estonia in World Cup qualifying
Doncic wasted zero time getting going on Thursday. He was scoring, assisting, and rebounding as he helped his country navigate a hot shooting start for Estonia. Fans can see his best plays from the opening quarter below.
Luka was nowhere near done there. He had his jumper locked in, and the 23-year-old superstar just kept pouring it on. See his incredible step-back 3-pointer to close the first half below.
Fans know that Luka rates as the best playmaker in the world, and he showcased it on the court against Estonia. Doncic was making otherworldly passes that were sometimes impossible to describe. See his best below.
Number 77 finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, and one incredible block in 30.1 minutes against Estonia. Doncic was nine of 18 from the field, and he looks totally locked in as Slovenia looks to begin another special run.
Luka Doncic and the Slovenian National Team are back in action on Sunday as they face Germany at 8:00 a.m. CT in their final World Cup qualifier of the calendar year. It is an important game as both teams look to get one step closer to qualifying for next year’s tournament. Doncic and company open EuroBasket on Sept. 1 against Lithuania, so fans should buckle up for an exciting three weeks of basketball ahead.