Luka Doncic was recently asked who he thought will score the most points in a single Eurobasket game between himself, Nikola Jokic, or Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Slovenian superstar responded that he thought Nikola Jokic would.
That's a fair response, particularly in light of the fact that Giannis had just scored 41 points hours before Doncic faced Germany, which ended up being the most points in a EuroBasket game since Dirk Nowitzki scored 43 in 2001.
Doncic, who plays for the unbeaten and German squad, followed up his outstanding effort from Tuesday with a ridiculous 47-point performance in a victory over France to enable his team take first place in Group B. Not only did Doncic's point total surpass Giannis' record, it was also the second-highest scoring total in the history of the tournament and the most points ever scored in a single EuroBasket game in the preceding 65 years.
Doncic needed some time to get used to the game; in the first quarter, he missed free throw attempts and tried to include his teammates with his passing. But he began the second quarter by bringing down a player.
With four minutes remaining in the first half, an absolutely bizarre play occurred during which Doncic avoided the double-team pressure from France to make a circus-like 3-pointer:
Even though Doncic has a history of making absurd shots like that, dating back to when he was a youngster playing for Real Madrid, it still shocks everyone when he succeeds.
Doncic had already accrued 27 points by the end of the first half, and his dominance continued into the second. He utilised his increasingly dangerous mid-range game, exploited mismatches to get his shots at the rim, and his 3-point shot, which has been a bit of a concern for him throughout the tournament, was falling.
The most astounding aspect of Doncic's performance was how quickly he reached 47 points, needing just 23 shots while shooting 65 percent from the field and 55 percent from beyond the arc. Slovenia, who fought back and forth with France to the very end to take the top spot in Group B and advance to the knockout stage, needed every basket from Doncic.