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Goran Dragic helps put Slovenia in EuroBasket semis with 26 vs. Porzingis, Latvia

Goran Dragic’s schedule with his national team will go to Sunday’s limit at EuroBasket, after he helped power Slovenia to a 103-97 victory Tuesday over Latvia and Kristaps Porzingis in a quarterfinal game.

Dragic closed with 26 points and eight assists to help offset Porzingis’ 34 points, as Slovenia, which improved to 7-0 in the event, moved into Thursday’s semifinal game against Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio and the Spanish national team.

No matter Thursday’s result, Dragic will then have at least one more game on Sunday, either for the EuroBasket championship or in the event’s third-place game.

Following the game the 31-year-old Miami Heat guard reiterated that this tournament will end his international playing career, regardless of the outcome.

“I want to win a medal and then I’m out,” he said following the victory in Istanbul, Turkey. “I mean, I’m going to be 32 and how FIBA changed the rules, how they’re going to play qualification games between the season and my career is back in the States in the NBA, so I’m not going to be able to play anymore for a couple of years. So I think so, that’s the right moment to put the shoes on the side from the national team.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to miss it, but I think that’s the good thing to do, especially with this young group that we have. It’s a lot of young players. I don’t want to be in their way. They can grow as a team really well, a really good team. And they’re going to be scary in the future. I’m done. This is my 10th year for the national team. So I already experienced everything. Hopefully this is going to continue with a medal.”

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