In response to Victor Wembanyama vs. Chet Holmgren, NBA Twitter said, “Wemby took that matchup personal.”

Before the All-Star break, Victor Wembanyama of the Spurs was leading the race for NBA Rookie of the Year. Maybe this is the end now.

San Antonio won its first game at home since January 27 because to Wembanyama’s dominance over youngster Chet Holmgren for the Thunder on Thursday night. The performance provided a preview of what Spurs supporters are wanting to see next season: winning basketball, even if Wembanyama didn’t have to do it all by himself. Devin Vassell scored an effective 28 points and Jeremy Sochan earned a double-double.

The 20-year-old was ecstatic with the win, leading a “Let’s go Spurs” shout and told the audience, “I missed this s—,” in an on-court interview following the game. 

Although Wembanyama has been playing really well lately, his remarks following Thursday’s game served as a reminder that he simply values the Spurs’ victories more.

Here’s a deeper look at Wembanyama’s impressive stat line from the Spurs defeat over San Antonio.

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Stats for Victor Wembanyama vs Thunder

In the Spurs’ 132-118 victory, Wembanyama went off for 28 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, plus five blocks. In addition to going 5-for-7 from three-point shooting, he also had two steals. 

Although it didn’t match the remarkable 5×5 game Wembanyama had against the Lakers a week earlier, his latest performance marked an unprecedented feat in NBA history. The rookie became the first player ever to achieve a stat line of at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, five blocks, and five made 3-pointers in a single game.

Additionally, Wembanyama’s five blocks in the game ensured that he ended February with more blocks (47) than five entire teams. Over his last seven games prior to the All-Star break, the 20-year-old has been averaging an impressive 5.3 blocks per game.

Meanwhile, Holmgren delivered a commendable performance himself, maintaining his consistent run of strong showings for the Thunder. He scored 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, securing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists. The fact that his performance paled in comparison to Wembanyama’s speaks volumes about the rising star of the Spurs, rather than any lack of skill on Holmgren’s part.

Despite the Spurs’ ongoing struggles, which have somewhat overshadowed Wembanyama’s exceptional rookie season, his remarkable achievements are impossible to ignore. Even with San Antonio’s 12-48 record, Wemby’s stellar performances are garnering attention. Over his last 18 games, he’s averaging 22.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks, shooting at 47.6 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from beyond the arc.

His significant improvement in 3-point shooting stands out as the most notable development since the early part of the season, with his efficiency rivaling that of the most proficient shooters from the 2023 draft class over this 18-game stretch.

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