Dominant performance by Victor Wembanyama leads San Antonio Spurs to victory over Toronto Raptors | NBA News – Times of India
NEW DELHI: In a historic performance, rookie Victor Wembanyama propelled the San Antonio Spurs to a convincing 122-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors, showcasing his exceptional talent on both ends of the floor. Wembanyama’s triple-double with blocked shots marks a rare feat in NBA history, making him the first rookie to achieve this milestone in nearly 34 years.
The towering rookie dominated the game with an impressive stat line, tallying 27 points, 14 rebounds, and a career-best 10 blocked shots. His defensive prowess was on full display as he anchored the Spurs’ defense, altering shots and providing crucial rim protection throughout the game. Wembanyama’s impact was felt on offense as well, where he efficiently contributed five assists and shot an impressive 10-of-14 from the field.
Joining the ranks of NBA legends like David Robinson, Ralph Sampson, and Mark Eaton, who achieved triple-doubles with blocked shots during their rookie seasons, Wembanyama solidified his status as a rising star in the league. His stellar performance served as a catalyst for the Spurs, who snapped a seven-game losing streak with the emphatic win over the Raptors.
Contributions from Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan, and Keldon Johnson further bolstered the Spurs’ offensive attack, with Vassell adding 25 points to complement Wembanyama’s dominant outing. Sochan’s 16 points and Johnson’s 12 points provided valuable scoring depth for San Antonio, while Malaki Branham and Blake Wesley also made significant contributions with 10 points each.
Despite a solid effort from the Raptors, led by Gradey Dick’s 18 points and Kelly Olynyk’s 17 points, Toronto couldn’t overcome the relentless onslaught from Wembanyama and the Spurs. RJ Barrett, Jakob Poeltl, and Bruce Brown also made notable contributions, but it wasn’t enough to halt San Antonio’s offensive onslaught.
With a commanding lead established early in the game, the Spurs maintained their momentum throughout, capitalizing on their strong defensive performance and efficient scoring to secure the convincing victory. As Wembanyama continues to showcase his immense potential, the Spurs look poised to build on this impressive win and continue their pursuit of success in the NBA.
(Inputs from Reuters)