Victor Wembanyama, the no. 1 2023 draft pick went head-to-head with the Houston Rockets in his first NBA game and he impressed.
The San Antonio Spurs came from behind to beat the Houston Rockets 126-122 in overtime.
With 20 seconds left in regulation, Wembanyama hit a game-tying bucket and finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals at the Frost Bank Center.
Standing at 7-foot-4-inches with an 8-foot wingspan, Wembanyama possesses a skillset that has been rarely seen before in the NBA.
“I really, really love winning,” said Wembanyama, per ESPN. “It’s what I love most in life, so of course it feels great.”
Spurs guard Devin Vassell had only nice things to say about the No. 1 teenager.
“I said this after the first preseason game or scrimmage, but he’s going to make some amazing plays at least once a game, and tonight he probably had three or four,” he said.
“But that’s just a testament to him, and like I keep preaching, he makes the game easier for us and we have to make it easier for him.”
In other news, Luka Dončić scored 49 points, including four straight three-pointers in the final quarter, in the Dallas Mavericks’ 125-120 win against the Brooklyn Nets.
Nikola Jokić was also in prime form, ending with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists as NBA champions the Denver Nuggets edged the Memphis Grizzlies 108-104.