Germany were a big underdog heading into their quarter-final matchup and started the game off slowly as they watched Slovenia race out to a 25-14 lead in the first quarter. However, they chose not to give up and had their own run in the second quarter to briefly grab a 32-31 lead thanks to a scoring barrage led by Maodo Lo’s three-point shooting.
Luka Doncic started his offense slowly, much like in Slovenia’s previous game against Spain, but did a little bit of everything again, including playing some pretty decent defense, as he finished the first half with 6 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. His low scoring output didn’t matter by the end of the half, though, as his teammates again stepped up to the plate and made easy baskets thanks to all of the attention that the Dallas Mavericks star drew.
A balanced offense allowed Slovenia to regain a 44-37 lead heading into the second half. Zoran Dragic, who had a brief NBA career and is the brother of Goran Dragic, was on fire in the first half, going a perfect 5 for 5 from the field for 16 points. Naturalized American Mike Tobey also had a big contribution in the first half with 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Doncic came to life after getting knocked down in the third quarter and became much more aggressive in his drives to the paint. Heading into the final quarter, he had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. The Germans had no answer for Slovenia’s offense, and the headed into the final stanza with a 66-54 deficit.
Doncic sat down for the last time with 3:44 left in the game as Slovenia had built an insurmountable lead. He finished with another near triple-double with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 2 steals. It wasn’t the perfect game for him, by any means, as he shot 6 of 11 from inside the arc but made only 2 of 7 of his threes. He had five turnovers, too, but that’s expected when he’s always getting double and triple-teamed.
What Italy and France now have to worry about is whether or not Luka gets hot from the field while also continuing to provide for his teammates – who have stepped up over the last couple of games. If Luka starts scoring 30 or more a game over the next two games while keeping up with his other stats, Slovenia have a very good chance of making and potentially winning the gold medal game.
Dragic finished as the game’s leading scorer with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Tobey had another double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The game was a runaway result, too,