Miami Heat star Goran Dragic poured in 26 points to lead Slovenia past Latvia 103-97 to reach the 2017 FIBA Eurobasket semifinals.
The 6-3 point guard sank 2 threes, while shooting a blistering 70 percent (7-of-10) from two-point range and 60 percent (9-of-15) overall from the field.
Dragic also had 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and a steal in the game.
Teen phenom Luka Doncic, who is projected to be one of the top picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, added 27 points, while Anthony Randolph (LSU) added 16 points for Slovenia in the quarterfinal win.
For Latvia, New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis poured in 34 points in the loss.
With a 13-point lead early in the fourth quarter, Slovenia appeared to be cruising to an easy win.
But then Latvia came storming back to within one point with two minutes left, behind 16 big fourth quarter points from Porzingis.
But Slovenia was able to hold on and slam the door for the victory behind some huge baskets from the 18-year-old Doncic.
“He’s only 18 years of age but he plays with such calmness,” Dragic said of Doncic, a 6-7 shooting guard sensation. “Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a kid. He watches cartoons, he watches Friends but he’s unbelievable and we are lucky to have him.”
But the star of the game was Dragic, who was the 45th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by San Antonio.
Dragic averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists this season for Miami, and has averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 assists in nine NBA seasons with the Suns, Rockets, and Heat.
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