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San Antonio vs. Detroit, Final Score: Wembanyama records triple-double in 130-108 win

Wembanyama becomes the youngest Spur to put up a triple-double.

San Antonio Spurs v Detroit Pistons Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images

After two solid performances against the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs were finally able to get into the win column with a 130-108 win over the Detroit Pistons. Just like their previous two games, they were led by the rookie – Victor Wembanyama.

The 20-year-old became the youngest player in franchise history to record a triple-double, putting up 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in just 21 minutes. That’s the second-fastest triple-double in NBA history, after Russell Westbrook scored one in 20-minutes in 2014.

It was a dominant performance from the Spurs, who led from the 7-minute mark in the first quarter and on. They controlled the game on the inside, outscoring the Pistons in the paint 74-62 and getting to the line 27 times. They played unselfishly, notching 35 assists and turned the ball over just 5 times.

Keldon Johnson led the Spurs in scoring with 17 points off the bench. Detroit’s Jalen Duren led all scorers with 21 and added in 12 rebounds.

The Spurs will head back to San Antonio for a double-header against the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls.

Observations:

  • Wembanyama’s playmaking ability was on full display against Detroit. He had a behind the back pass to a streaking cutter, a nutmeg bounce pass in transition and a full-court quarterback style pass that will make the highlight reels. The less flashy plays like hitting the roller out of the pick and roll and finding cutters off of post touches are just as impressive. Passing was not a skill that Wembanyama was known for coming into the draft, but he is quickly becoming one of the best young passing big men in the NBA.
  • Dominick Barlow has gotten backup center minutes with Charles Bassey and Zach Collins sidelined with injuries. He’s made the most of it, playing especially well in his last few games. Barlow finished the game with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks off the bench. He competed defensively and was in the right position on offense. San Antonio may have something in the 20-year-old forward.
  • It was a quieter game from Devin Vassell, but he still found a way to hit tough shots. He finished with 16 points and 5 assists. Vassell has been playing with great confidence offensively, and it shows in some of the shots he’s taking. His handle is shifty enough to get to his spots, and no matter the defensive pressure, he’s able to rise up and hit the shot with his high release point. The scoring ability has been on full display this month.
  • Mamadi Diakite got his first minutes in a Spurs uniform. He hit a free throw after being fouled on a jump hook in the low post.