In a showdown between rising star Victor Wembanyama and seasoned veteran Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets (11-6) secured a dominant 132-120 victory over the struggling San Antonio Spurs (3-14) on Sunday night.
Jokic’s stellar performance, marked by a season-high 39 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, overshadowed the Spurs’ efforts to break their 12-game losing streak.
Wembanyama showcased his immense potential with an impressive stat line—22 points, 11 rebounds, six steals, and four blocks—in just 24 minutes on the court. His standout performance made him the first rookie in NBA history to achieve such an extraordinary combination of stats.
Despite Wembanyama’s individual brilliance, the Spurs couldn’t halt their downward spiral, marking their 12th consecutive loss and securing the unfortunate status of the third-longest losing streak in franchise history.
Reflecting on his experience facing off against Jokic, Wembanyama commented postgame, “I learned a lot. I’ll learn even more when I watch film. I think it’s a good experience, but it would be even better if we won.”