February 26, 2024

Victor Wembanyama logs triple-double with blocks in Spurs win

TORONTO — Victor Wembanyama has his second triple-double — and his first with blocks.

The San Antonio Spurs rookie blocked a shot by the Toronto RaptorsGradey Dick with 6:32 left in the fourth quarter of Monday night time’s 122-99 win, giving him the NBA’s first triple-double with blocked pictures as one of many classes in greater than three years.

Wembanyama had 27 factors, 14 rebounds 10 blocks and 5 assists — all in simply 29 minutes. He is the primary participant with 10 blocks and 5 assists in beneath half-hour performed, in line with ESPN Stats & Information analysis.

“I felt great today,” Wembanyama stated. “Great rhythm, started the game strong. I guess it’s just the NBA, you know. We’ve got ups and downs in terms of shape, and today was an up day.”

Wembanyama leads the league in blocked pictures and after Monday’s sport was the primary rookie with 150 blocks, 150 assists and 50 steals in a season since Tim Duncan in 1997-98. There are 28 video games left in the Spurs’ season.

“He did a little bit of everything,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich stated of his star rookie’s efficiency. “Obviously he’s an all-around, talented player. He’s got a great feel for the game and it shows in a variety of ways, whether it’s passing or making decisions, blocking shots.”

It was the primary triple-double with blocks since Clint Capela had 13 factors, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks for the Atlanta Hawks in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 22, 2021. That additionally had been the final time anybody in the NBA blocked 10 pictures in a sport.

Hakeem Olajuwon has probably the most such triple-doubles — with blocks — for the reason that stat began being formally recorded in the NBA. He did it 11 instances, yet one more than Dikembe Mutombo and two greater than Spurs Hall of Famer David Robinson.

Robinson had 9 such triple-doubles — one in all them being a quadruple-double. The solely different Spurs participant to have a triple-double with blocks was Artis Gilmore, his lone one coming in the 1984-85 season.

“Wembanyama is the player who’s going to play in this league for the next 15 years. We need to figure out how to attack and how to play against him,” Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic stated. “Definitely a player who’s unique with his size and shot-blocking ability. We’ve got to do a much better job of figuring out how to play against that.”

Wembanyama was the No. 1 decide in final 12 months’s NBA draft. He will go to his first All-Star Weekend later this week in Indianapolis, set to take part in the Rising Stars sport on Friday night time and the talents problem on Saturday night time.

Wembanyama registered his different triple-double in opposition to the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 10, when he had 16 factors, 12 rebounds and 10 assists — however no blocks.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.