Frenchman Victor Wembanyama has been showing that he is increasingly “mature” within the NBA, despite the few games. In a match played this Thursday (2), against the Phoenix Suns at the Footprint Center, in Phoenix – Arizona, Wemby shone and was the Spurs’ great player in his team’s 132-121 victory.
The pivot led the San Antonio team to an excellent victory, closing the duel with a double-double of 38 points and ten rebounds, in addition to two other assists, two blocks and one assist.
Alongside him, forward Zach Collins did very well in the match, scoring 19 points, with eight rebounds and four assists.
Great game also from shooting guard Devin Vassell, with 17 points, two rebounds and one assist, and bench guard Tre Jones, with a double-double of 12 points and ten assists.
For the Phoenix Suns, which featured the return of Devin Booker with 31 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, Kevin Durant was another one who had a good performance, appearing with 28 points, six rebounds and one assist.
In addition to the Suns duo, who still cannot debut Bradley Beal, consistent play by former Milwaukee Bucks Grayson Allen, with 16 points, four assists and two rebounds.
With the victory, San Antonio ranks 8th in the Western Conference with a 3-2 record. The team returns to the courts on Sunday (5), when they host the Toronto Raptors.
The Suns are 2-3 and occupy a modest 11th position in the West. This Saturday (4), the team has a difficult away duel with Joel Embiid’s Philadelphia 76ers.
The first quarter was a real “run over” by Spurs. Imposing themselves on the court, Gregg Popovich’s men gave their opponent no chance, especially due to Wembanyama’s dominance on both sides of the court.
The Texas team scored 39 points in the opening period against only 20 from the Suns, who found no answers to stop their opponent.
However, Phoenix improved in the second quarter when the duo of Devin Booker and Kevin Durant finally woke up. But Spurs continued well in the match, dominating the actions and Wemby continued to play too much. Partial 36 to 35 Spurs and teams in the dressing rooms with a large advantage over the visitors: 75 to 55.
What was felt in the second half was that San Antonio “took its foot off the gas” in the match and just managed the victory. Wemby remained dominant and scored more than 30 points for the first time in the season, finishing as the game’s top scorer and was helped by partners Devin Vassel and Tre Jones, who played a good game.
Phoenix had Booker and Durant in “onfire” mode in the second half and won the third quarter 34-28, but not enough to threaten the Spurs, who still had a large advantage.
In the fourth period, another partial victory for the home team, this time by 32 to 29, but nothing that would change the final score of the match: 132 to 121 Spurs and Wemby showing the star they could become very soon!
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