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Victor Wembanyama notches first career triple-double as Spurs defeat Pistons

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Victor Wembanyama notches first career triple-double as Spurs defeat Pistons
Victor Wembanyama, the human stat-sheet stuffer, only needed 32 games to record his first triple-double of the season. The 7-foot-4 rookie made history on Wednesday night during the San Antonio Spurs’ 130-108 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

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Midway through the fourth quarter, Wembanyama handed out his tenth assist. In 21 minutes, he finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and no turnovers. For the Spurs, who improved to 6-30 with the victory, he came into the game averaging 19.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and a league-leading 3.3 blocks per game.

Prior to this, the first choice in the 2023 NBA Draft recorded a career-high 38 points against the Phoenix Suns on November 2 and a 21-point, 20-rebound performance against the Chicago Bulls on December 8.

Not even the finest Wemby
Wemby’s best performance as a professional wasn’t even close to his first triple-double. Despite shooting just 6 for 16 from the field and missing a 3-pointer, he had a huge impact on the game in other areas. One of his ten assists was a nutmeg pass that went between Detroit’s Bojan Bogdanovic’s legs. He was a busy bee on the glass, catching a lot of 50/50 balls.

His teammates’ baskets gave his performance more momentum, even if it was already excellent. — James Edwards III, beat writer for the Pistons

Dual dominance
The Pistons appeared frightened to approach Wembanyama in any offensive capacity. Even in situations where he had little chance of reaching the ball, he took a lot of short shoots in the paint. Other shots were simply too lofty, despite the Detroit players’ best efforts to keep their attempts from being swatted to Windsor.

Wemby played the full twenty-one minutes of the game without recording a block, but his presence around the rim was felt the entire time. — Edwards
Are the Pistons on a new losing run?
Although San Antonio and Detroit are both expected to be historically poor teams, the Pistons have a real chance of finishing with the poorest record in NBA history. Less than two weeks after snapping an NBA record 28-game losing streak, Detroit, who was missing mainstays Cade Cunningham and Isaiah Stewart, is currently experiencing a five-game losing streak. — Edwards

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