Luka Doncic on win vs. Venezuela: “We had to fight ’til the end”


Photo: Peter Baba

Thanks to the remarkable performance of Luka Doncic, Slovenia triumphed over a determined Venezuela with a score of 100-85, initiating their FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 journey on a positive note.

The Okinawa Arena was packed with an appreciative crowd on Saturday night. Doncic made a remarkable World Cup debut, showcasing his prowess with an impressive 37 points while shooting at an impressive 61 percent from the field.

Additionally, he secured 7 rebounds and provided 6 assists. In a display of his all-around skills, Doncic also garnered 2 steals and a block in just under 31 minutes of play, amassing an impressive efficiency rating of 39.0.

“We knew it was gonna be a very difficult game,” the Dallas Mavericks star said. “We played against Venezuela two years ago [Olympic Qualifying Tournament]. They were a very physical team, and they can shoot the ball very well. It wasn’t an easy game. We had to fight ’til the end. In the end, we got the win.”

Check out Luka Doncic’s TCL Player Of The Game highlights during the Slovenia and Venezuela game at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023:

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