The Dallas Mavericks reached the Western Conference Finals behind an incredible run by superstar Luka Doncic, but the 23-year-old superstar did not take any time off. He was back to training to lead the Slovenian National Team in World Cup qualifying, and Thursday’s game did not disappoint.
Luka was on another level as Slovenia raced out to a 25-point lead after the first quarter against Croatia in Ljubljana and never looked back in a 97-69 win that was never in doubt. It was a night of Luka Magic, and Goran Dragic was fantastic in his return to national team play for the first time since EuroBasket 2017.
Owner Mark Cuban and the Mavericks front office watched closely, and Doncic did not disappoint as he went off for 21 points, ten assists, eight rebounds, and two steals in 30.6 minutes of action that featured plenty of highlights.
Luka Doncic magical as Slovenia crushes Croatia in World Cup qualifying
It was a fast start for both Luka and his team. The 23-year-old superstar started with a difficult finish and just kept building. He had 11 points and four assists in the opening quarter as Slovenia was up 33-8 after ten minutes. See Doncic going off early below.
Luka often goes off for his country, and Thursday’s World Cup qualifier was no different. He even got up for a two-handed dunk late in the first half.
It was an impressive performance from Doncic that featured plenty of highlights as Slovenia rolled over Croatia on June 30.
Rumored Mavericks free-agent target Goran Dragic starred in his return to action for Slovenia. The 36-year-old guard went off for 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 21.9 minutes of action. Dragic shot eight of 16 from the field, and he looked fantastic in the victory.
Slovenia has one more World Cup qualifier in this set as they face Sweden in Stockholm on July 3 at 10:00 a.m. CT. Fans can expect Luka Doncic to go again as he looks to help his national team secure a spot in next year’s World Cup.
It is the first of two national team competitions for Doncic this summer as he expects to star in EuroBasket in September. Slovenia is the defending champions in the competition, and fans know they are difficult to defeat with Luka in the lineup. Do not miss it.