The world basketball phenom Luka Doncic of Real Madrid wasted no time at the start of the 2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season to show that he is not only an established star already, but he's also getting better.
Doncic shattered his EuroLeague career high in scoring as Real Madrid went on the road to defeat Anadolu Efes Istanbul by 74-88 in the opening game for both teams, blasting off for 27 points in 27 minutes on the floor. That total surpassed by 10 his previous best scoring performance of 17 points, which he registered on three occasions last season, one of them against Efes.
Doncic came off Madrid's bench 3 minutes into the game and but didn't start scoring until the final minute of the first quarter, when he put up his first 6 points, including a triple just before it ended with the visitors ahead 19-28. He opened the second quarter with a basket, giving him 8 points in a row for Madrid, and continued piling up the points . He finished the first half with 13 points and added a free throw to end the third quarter, but saved his best for the fourth. In the final 10 minutes, he dropped 13 more points to break open a close game and give Madrid a double-digit road win.
All told, the 18-year-old buried 6 of 8 two-point shots, 3 of 6 threes and 6 of 7 free throws. He also had 4 rebounds and 4 assists on his way to a performance index rating of 32, tying his career best in that category.
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