The Miami Heat’s Goran “The Dragon” Dragic, playing in his last international match, made history on Sunday by leading Slovenia to their first European basketball championship, beating Serbia 93-85. His 35 points — including 20 in the 2nd quarter and 26 in 16 first half minutes — in the FIBA EuroBasket Final was not only a game high, it was the most since Pau Gasol dropped 36 14 years ago.
“Congrats to my brother for wining European championship and MVP!” Tweeted Heat teammate Hassan Whiteside. “Flex on them G.”
Dragic also got a congrats from former Suns teammate Steve Nash on Twitter, which was followed by this response from Dragic: “Thank you Steve for mentoring me!!!”
Slovenia also got contributions from Klemen Prepelic (21 points), possible NBA comeback story Anthony Randolph (11 points) and 18-year old future NBA lottery pick Luka Doncic (8 points and 7 boards).
The Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanoivc led Serbia with 22 points and 5 assists.