Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has one of the most unstoppable offensive games in NBA history, but Philadelphia 76ers draft pick Dario Saric was able to shut him down in two recent international exhibitions between Germany and Croatia.
"Nowitzki was held to 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting in Friday’s game, in large part due to the efforts of Saric. And while the young Croatian scored just two points to go along with three rebounds and a pair of assists in Saturday's rematch, he once again helped shut down Germany’s go-to scorer, holding Nowitzki to just seven points on 2-of-5 shooting while helping Croatia coast to an 80-63 win.
“He had a great game, he made some big shots for them, hit some threes,” 13-time NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said of Saric’s performance. When asked if the young forward was ready to make the jump stateside, he was equally enthusiastic. “He plays hard, he’s skilled, and he can shoot, so yeah, sure.”