Wembanyama: How Spurs rookie made NBA history in overtime win against Nets

Wembanyama: How San Antonio Spurs star claimed back-to-back NBA awards

Victor Wembanyama finished with 33 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 blocks to lead the Spurs to a 122-115 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets at the Moody Center in San Antonio.

The 7-foot-4 rookie, who recorded his 36th double-double of the season, became the first player in NBA history to record 30+ points, 15+ rebounds, 5+ assists, and 5+ blocks while shooting 50 percent in a single game. He also joins former Spurs No. 1 pick as the only rookies to have achieved such statline.

Wembanyama shot 14-of-26 from the field, including helping the Spurs with four points and two blocks in overtime as they finished 12-5 to edge the Nets and end their three-game skid.

“I love it,” Wembanyama, who now has five games of at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and five assists said. “I think those moments are where we progress the most, where we get better rather than any other moment in the game. So, it’s really, really enjoyable, especially when we win.”

“There’s always steps,” he added. “Looking back and looking at the season, I can see our progression, but also my progression.

“Even though it feels like it’s little by little every game, when you do it every day after a whole season it adds up to something big.”

The Frenchman swatted Dennis Schroder’s layup for Brooklyn, holding San Antonio to within a point. He then followed with an alley-oop dunk off an assist from Devin Vassell to put San Antonio up 116-115 with 38 seconds remaining in overtime.

Vassell ended the game with 25 points and 8 assists; Keldon Johnson added 24 points, 5 rebounds, and five 3s off the bench; and Tre Jones settled for 11 points and 7 assists.

Cam Thomas led Brooklyn with 31 points; Schroder tallied 19 points and 7 assists; Mikal Bridges finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists; and Nicolas Claxton got 11 points and 14 rebounds.

San Antonio will be in action next Tuesday night when they host the Dallas Mavericks, while the Nets host the New Orleans Pelicans at Barclays Center on the same day.

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