Luka Doncic delivers an Olympic performance to remember for Slovenia at Tokyo 2020

From a 48-point opening-game jaw-dropper to helping Slovenia to within just one point of the gold-medal game, NBA superstar Luka Doncic was arguably the most dominant men's basketball player in Tokyo.

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While he didn't walk away with a medal from Tokyo 2020, basketball superstar Luka Doncic's debut Olympic performance was a golden one.

Across six games Slovenia went 4-2 overall, falling in a heartbreaking semi-final to France 90-89 and then beaten by Australia 107-93 in the bronze medal game, finishing fourth overall. 

Doncic's Olympic performance was one for the ages, averaging over 23 points per game while pulling down 58 rebounds across six games played and dishing out 57 assists, including 18 against France.

Doncic's 48 points in Slovenia's opener vs. Argentina was the third most points scored in Olympic history, while Doncic's triple-double vs. France (16 points, 10 rebounds and 18 assists) marked just the third time that that feat has been achieved at the Games.

Just shy of the podium, Doncic nevertheless helped deliver a historic Olympic performance for a nation of just two million people.

A memorable Games for Slovenia

Making history with its first-ever Olympic appearance in men's basketball, Doncic and co. played with pride, winning all three of their group games and then beating Germany 94-70 to advance to the semi-finals.

"It's unbelievable; a country of two million people being top four in the world," Doncic said after that Germany win. "We really achieved a lot by just going to the Olympics, it was our first time in history [here]. It's incredible."

It was France that snapped Doncic's perfect international record, the Slovenian having been 17-0 on the international stage prior.

"He doesn’t make many mistakes,” said Spain's Marc Gasol after their group loss to Slovenia. "He does a great job of controlling the tempo of the game."

Added Luis Scola of Argentina after Doncic's 48-point performance against them: "He was unbelievable. He was too good, obviously."

He's a star many would like to see back at the Games for Paris 2024 - and a shot at an Olympic medal once again.


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