In a showdown between a seasoned MVP and a rising rookie, Nikola Jokic and Victor Wembanyama faced off as the Denver Nuggets clashed with the San Antonio Spurs.

Jokic showcased his dominance with a stellar performance, recording 39 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds, ultimately guiding the Nuggets to victory.

Wembanyama, the 19-year-old Spurs rookie sensation, faced a formidable challenge against the reigning champion.

Despite the loss, he exhibited his potential with an impressive stat line of 22 points, 11 rebounds, six steals, and four blocks.

Jokic, acknowledging the young player’s efforts, shared his insights after the game.

“He doesn’t take it for granted. He’s making mistakes, which is normal. I think the media around him doesn’t help him, but he’s gonna get used to it. He’s gonna change the game, 100%. And he’s already on that path,” remarked Jokic, via Bennett Durando of The Denver Post.

Wembanyama’s remarkable season averages of 19.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.6 blocks in 30.1 minutes per game underscore his potential to become a transformative force in the NBA.