Before approximately 2000 Slovenian fans from the stands, many if not all them staying and chanting to them long after the match, Goran Dragic outdueled Luka Doncic in the very first head to head meeting between the just two Slovenians currently from the NBA.
“It felt just like we were at Ljubljana,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, these are this Slovenian funding.
“He is the older Don and Luka could be the new upandcoming,” Wade said in Dragic. “Therefore it was really great to see him play that way”
When it was finished, Doncic and Dragic — teammates to the Slovenian club that won the European tournament two summers ago — traded hugs and championships. Miami swept the season series from the Mavs, however, Dragic didn’t play at the Heat win in Dallas.
“It had been fantastic. Frankly maybe for the very first time in my career I had been nervous before the match,” Doncic said. “It had been different for me personally, however, it had been a particular night”
Dallas led by 11 points at the first half, and took a 59-49 lead in to the locker room after a tip dunk by Dorian Finney-Smith beat the halftime buzzer. However, Wade hit a jumper with 1:11 left to put Miami on top for good, Doncic overlooked a very long 3pointer on another Dallas trip down a floor and Dragic extended Miami’s lead to 100-97 using a nifty up and under move on the ensuing Heat possession.
With that, the building roared. Even the Miami fans may have been drowned out. Countless Slovenia jerseys were seen from the stands, along with scarves bearing the country’s name, all for very good reason.
They have a series, too.
“To get a ticket, to fly out of another continent and to keep here and support us, it’s something fantastic,” Dragic said, until he moved out, addressed the audience 30minutes following the match and also signed autographs.