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NBA Roundup: Victor Wembanyama Stars with Triple-Double and Record-Breaking Blocks

In an evening packed with excitement, the NBA featured the San Antonio Spurs facing off against the Toronto Raptors, kicking off a thrilling night of basketball. Notable individual performances stole the spotlight, such as Victor Wembanyama's triple-double and record-breaking blocks for the Spurs, showcasing his dominance. Similarly, Luka Doncic's stellar display securing his 10th triple-double of the season highlighted his versatility and impact for the Dallas Mavericks.

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Last Updated: 2024-02-13

Wade McElwain

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San Antonio Spurs 122, Toronto Raptors 99

Victor Wembanyama showcased an exceptional performance, securing his second triple-double of the season. Wembanyama's remarkable display featured 27 points, 14 rebounds, and an impressive career-high of 10 blocks, highlighting his dominance on both ends of the court.


Devin Vassell also made significant contributions to the Spurs' victory, tallying 25 points to aid in snapping their seven-game losing streak. The Spurs, led by Wembanyama's stellar performance, dominated the Raptors with a commanding 122-99 win on Monday night.


Wembanyama's stat line reflected his versatility and defensive prowess, as he efficiently converted 10 of 14 attempts while also recording five assists and a pair of steals in just 29 minutes of play. His exceptional shot-blocking ability was further emphasised by his league-leading status in that category.


The game marked a significant milestone, as it witnessed the first triple-double with blocks since Clint Capela achieved the feat in January 2021. Wembanyama's 10-block performance also echoed Capela's achievement, signifying a rare display of defensive excellence in the NBA.


Supporting Wembanyama's standout performance, Jeremy Sochan contributed 16 points, while Keldon Johnson added 12, helping the Spurs break a four-game road losing streak.


Despite the Raptors' efforts, led by Gradey Dick's 18 points and contributions from Kelly Olynyk and RJ Barrett, they were unable to overcome the Spurs' dominant performance. The loss marked the end of Toronto's six-game winning streak against San Antonio and extended their struggles, having now lost 14 of their last 18 games.

Philadelphia 76ers 123, Cleveland Cavaliers 121

Buddy Hield made a notable impact in just his third game with the 76ers, contributing 24 points alongside Kelly Oubre Jr., who matched his scoring output.


The 76ers put an end to Cleveland's impressive nine-game winning streak, although the Cavaliers nearly staged a remarkable comeback after trailing by 10 points with only 1:25 remaining in the game. Despite their valiant effort, Cleveland fell short in the final moments, as Darius Garland missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer from the right corner as time expired.


Philadelphia's Tyrese Maxey, earning his first All-Star nod, also showcased his offensive prowess with 22 points, including a crucial free throw split with 6.9 seconds left on the clock. This gave Cleveland an opportunity to extend their streak, but they ultimately couldn't capitalise, missing out on their longest winning streak since the LeBron James era in 2018.


Leading the charge for the Cavaliers was Donovan Mitchell, who poured in an impressive 36 points in attempt to keep Cleveland's streak alive.


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Chicago Bulls 136, Atlanta Hawks 126

Ayo Dosunmu showcased his scoring prowess with a career-high 29 points, accompanied by seven assists, leading the Bulls to their season-best point total.


Dosunmu received ample support from his teammates, with DeMar DeRozan also contributing 29 points, and Nikola Vucevic delivering a double-double performance with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Coby White also added 20 points and seven assists to bolster the Bulls' offensive effort.


Despite a strong showing from the Hawks' bench, spearheaded by Bogdan Bogdanovic's 28 points and De'Andre Hunter's 23, as well as Trae Young's 19 points, the team struggled to find consistency, particularly from beyond the arc where Young shot just 2-for-10.


The victory proved pivotal for the Bulls, as it allowed them to maintain a two-game lead over the Hawks for the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference standings. 

Milwaukee Bucks 112, Denver Nuggets 95

Giannis Antetokounmpo showcased his exceptional skills, registering an impressive stat line of 36 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists, leading the Bucks to victory while highlighting the team's enhanced defensive capabilities.


Milwaukee's defensive prowess was on full display as they showcased significant improvement, particularly after enduring a challenging start under new head coach Doc Rivers. Following a stretch of five losses in their first six games under Rivers' leadership, the Bucks bounced back with two consecutive wins, outscoring their opponents by a combined margin of 53 points. Notably, they achieved the feat of holding their opponents to fewer than 100 points in back-to-back games for the first time in the season.


On the opposing side, Nikola Jokic spearheaded the Nuggets' efforts with an impressive performance, contributing 29 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. However, despite Jokic's stellar play, the Nuggets fell short in their bid to overcome the Bucks.


The Nuggets faced additional challenges during the game, with Jamal Murray side-lined for the second half due to shin splints, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope exited the game early due to tightness in his right hamstring.


Contributing to Milwaukee's victory, Damian Lillard provided solid support with 18 points, while Bobby Portis added 13 points before being ejected from the game with 4:54 remaining, underscoring the intensity of the matchup.


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Charlotte Hornets 111, Indiana Pacers 102

Miles Bridges demonstrated his versatility with a double-double performance, tallying 20 points and 10 rebounds to propel the Hornets to their second consecutive victory following the acquisition of five new players via trade.


The Hornets' recent additions, including Grant Williams, Seth Curry, Tre Mann, and Vasilije Micic, seamlessly integrated into the team's line-up, providing a significant offensive boost. Williams led the scoring charge with 21 points, while Curry contributed 18 points off the bench. Mann, making a notable start, showcased his all-around game with 11 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.


Despite a strong offensive effort from the Pacers, highlighted by Myles Turner's 22 points and Aaron Nesmith's 21 points, as well as Tyrese Haliburton's double-double performance of 13 points and 12 rebounds, the team fell short of securing the victory.


The Hornets' cohesive play, evident in their 27 assists, proved instrumental in overcoming the Pacers' challenge and securing another win for Charlotte.

Houston Rockets 105, New York Knicks 103

Aaron Holiday emerged as the hero for Houston, clinching victory with 18 points, including two crucial free throws in the final seconds following a disputed foul by Jalen Brunson behind the 3-point line, handing the Knicks their third consecutive loss.


The game reached a climax with less than a minute remaining, as Houston held a slim four-point lead before Brunson mounted a late comeback for the Knicks, scoring the next four points, including a game-tying jump shot with just 8.1 seconds left on the clock, knotting the score at 103.


A pivotal defensive play by Precious Achiuwa, who blocked a shot attempt by Jalen Green, set the stage for Holiday's game-winning moment. As Brunson rushed out to contest, Holiday, positioned beyond the arc, drew the foul and calmly sank the decisive free throws. Holiday intentionally missed the third free throw to run out the remaining time on the clock, securing the victory for Houston.


Contributing to Houston's triumph, Dillon Brooks led the scoring charge with 23 points, supported by Jabari Smith Jr. with 20 points and Alperen Sengun with 18, as the Rockets snapped a four-game losing streak.


Despite the loss, Brunson showcased an impressive offensive display, finishing with 27 points for the Knicks, while Donte DiVincenzo contributed 23 points in a hard-fought effort.


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New Orleans Pelicans 96, Memphis Grizzlies 87

Herbert Jones emerged as a key contributor with 17 points, leading the Pelicans to a decisive victory and extending Memphis' losing streak to nine consecutive games.


Brandon Ingram showcased his scoring ability with 16 points, including crucial late-game buckets that helped secure the win for New Orleans. Zion Williamson also contributed 14 points, while CJ McCollum added 11 points, as the Pelicans secured their second consecutive victory.


The Pelicans dominated the boards, with Jones grabbing nine rebounds and the team outrebounding Memphis 49-37, establishing control in the paint, and limiting second-chance opportunities for their opponents.


Despite a valiant effort from Memphis, led by Jaren Jackson Jr. with 22 points, along with Vince Williams Jr. and Luke Kennard contributing 12 points each, the Grizzlies fell short once again. Yuta Watanabe provided a spark off the bench with 11 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome New Orleans' strong performance.

Dallas Mavericks 112, Washington Wizards 104

Luka Doncic showcased his remarkable skills yet again, notching his 10th triple-double of the season despite a brief absence due to taking a charge. Doncic's stellar performance, featuring 26 points, 15 assists, and 11 rebounds, propelled the Mavericks to a hard-fought victory over Washington.


Joining Doncic in the scoring effort was Kyrie Irving, who contributed 26 points to aid Dallas in extending their season-best win streak to five games. Daniel Gafford, acquired by Dallas from Washington before the trade deadline, made an immediate impact with 16 points and a career-best 17 rebounds, further solidifying his role with his new team.


On the opposing side, Deni Avdija delivered an impressive performance, tying his career-high with 25 points, while Kyle Kuzma added 23 points for the Wizards. Despite the efforts of Avdija, Kuzma, and Tyus Jones, who posted 14 points and 16 assists, the Wizards fell short, extending their losing streak to seven games.


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Golden State Warriors 129, Utah Jazz 107

Klay Thompson stole the spotlight with a stellar performance, contributing 26 points to lead his team to victory. However, it was Stephen Curry's remarkable fourth-quarter display, sinking five 3-pointers and totalling 25 points, that ultimately sealed the win for Golden State, who played without their head coach, Steve Kerr.


Kerr's absence was due to his attendance at the funeral service for Golden State assistant coach Dejan Milojevic, who tragically passed away following a heart attack during a team dinner in Salt Lake City on January 16. Assistant coach Kenny Atkinson stepped up to lead the Warriors in Kerr's absence, guiding them to their fifth consecutive win and pushing them above .500 in the standings.


In addition to Thompson and Curry's offensive contributions, Andrew Wiggins added 17 points, while Jonathan Kuminga extended his streak of double-digit scoring performances to 31 games with 14 points for the Warriors.


Despite a strong first-half performance from Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton, who both scored 22 points, the Jazz struggled to maintain their momentum in the second half. Lauri Markkanen added 19 points for Utah, but it wasn't enough to overcome Golden State's resilient effort.

Minnesota Timberwolves 121, Los Angeles Clippers 100

Karl-Anthony Towns spearheaded Minnesota's offensive charge with 24 points, closely followed by Anthony Edwards, who contributed 23 points and eight assists, leading the visiting Timberwolves to a significant victory over the Clippers, two of the top teams in the Western Conference.


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Rudy Gobert showcased his defensive prowess for Minnesota, recording 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocked shots, while Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 15 points to bolster the Timberwolves' offensive effort. The victory marked Minnesota's second win in three games on a challenging five-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break, maintaining their position at the top of the standings.


On the opposing side, despite notable performances from Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who each scored 18 points, and James Harden, who added 17 points, the Clippers fell short in their bid to close the gap with the first-place Timberwolves. Despite an impressive 27-6 run since the start of December, the Clippers couldn't overcome the determined effort of the Timberwolves.

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