Luka Doncic flirts with Olympic record in 48-point debut for Slovenia

By , Audacy

Luka Doncic has officially arrived on the Olympics stage.

The 22-year-old Dallas Mavericks star made his Olympics debut on Monday for Slovenia, totaling 48 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in a 118-100 win over Argentina.

His 48 points were tied for the second-highest total in Olympics history for men’s basketball. The record is 55 points, held by Oscar Schmidt of Brazil in 1988.

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(The Team USA record is held by Carmelo Anthony, who scored 37 vs. Nigeria in 2012.)

Doncic was on pace to break Schmidt’s record, too, scoring 17 points in the first quarter and 31 by halftime.

There was still time on the clock for Doncic to try and get the record when he came out of the game in the fourth quarter, but he was not worried about that.

“I don’t care about records,” he told reporters after the game, per The Associated Press. “We got a win and that’s what we came here for.”

Doncic scored 46 points in his final game of the NBA season with the Mavericks — a Game 7 loss to the Clippers in the first round  the playoffs — but Olympic basketball is played in four 10-minute quarters, equaling eight fewer minutes than an NBA game, making his debut that much more impressive.

With Doncic at the helm, Slovenia could be a medal threat after only qualifying for the Olympics earlier this month.

They play again on Thursday against host Japan.

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