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Tokyo Olympics: Luka Doncic dazzles in Olympic debut with 48 points as Slovenia defeat Argentina

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Well that's some way to make your Olympic debut!

Luka Doncic delivered one of the most dominant scoring performances in Olympic history, recording 48 points in Slovenia's 118-100 win over Argentina.

In a historic day for Slovenian basketball, appearing in their first-ever Olympics, it's only fitting Doncic created history of his own, recording the second-highest scoring total in Olympic history.

His 48 points ties Australian Ed Palubinskas (Montreal, 1976) for the second-most points ever scored in an Olympic basketball game, trailing only Brazilian Oscar Schmidt, who set the record against Spain in 1988 with 55 points.

The 22-year-old could well have broken the record after he checked out of the game with 4:35 remaining in the fourth, but he was more interested in getting the win than adding his name to the record books.

"I don't care about records," Doncic said. "We got a win, and that's what we came here for."

His 48 points came on an efficient 18-of-29 from the field, 6-of-14 from the 3-point line and 6-of-7 at the free throw line, adding 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

After scoring 17 points in the opening quarter, Doncic was up to 31 points and eight rebounds at the half, leading Slovenia to a 62-42 lead over the world's No.4 ranked team, as he used his physicality to back down defenders in the post, launch 3-pointers with ease and get to the rim at will.

He was simply awesome.

As the double teams converged in the third quarter, he cooled off somewhat, only scoring four points, adding three assists in the period, none better than the sublime behind-the-back bounce pass to Mike Tobey.

Tobey finished with a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Klemen Prepelic added 22 points.

Five-time Olympian Luis Scola led Argentina with 23 points, while Facundo Campazzo scored 21 and Gabriel Deck 17.

Slovenia's win makes thiings interesting in Group C, which also featues powerhouse Spain and hosts Japan.

Doncic and Slovenia are back in action on Thursday when they take on Japan in their second pool game.

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