22-year-old NBA star Luka Dončić made his Olympics debut for Slovenia Monday, opening Group C play vs. Argentina. In his first game, Dončić had one of the best games in Olympics history. The Dallas Mavericks' star put up 48 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks, all while shooting 62% from the field. He had the second-highest scoring game in the Olympics ever, tied with Australian Ed Palubinskas, who scored 48 in 1976.
This may not come as a huge surprise for NBA fans, as Dončić continues to exceed expectations when the lights are brightest. Just over a month ago, he almost single-handedly knocked the Los Angeles Clippers out of the playoffs.
Dončić was on pace to break the record of 55 points, set by Brazil's Oscar Schmidt in Seoul in 1988. However, he was pulled with 4:35 remaining as the game was already locked up for Slovenia.
"I don't care about records. We got a win and that's what we came here for."Luka Dončić
The numbers Luka has been putting up in the NBA and now Olympics, at 22 years of age, are mind-boggling. With his maturity and impeccable work ethic, Dončić is on his way to being one of the best players of all time.
Argentina in awe
After the game, Argentina's head coach Sergio Hernández said they "tried everything" to stop him, but he is no "normal player." Forward Luis Scola said Dončić was "too good" for Argentina to stop him. Hernández then took his praise to another level when talking about the 22-year-old:
"For me, I said this two years ago: he is the best player in the world, including the NBA. And if there was any doubt in my mind, there's no doubt anymore. He is the best player in the world." Argentina head coach Sergio Hernández on Luka Dončić
Dončić and Slovenia's next test will be against the host nation, Japan, on Thursday.