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Rookie Victor Wembanyama's historic 10-block triple-double shocks NBA fans, making him a strong Rookie of the Year contender.
20-year-old rookie Victor Wembanyama had a standout performance in the San Antonio Spurs' 122-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors at the Scotia Bank Arena on Monday. Wembanyama achieved his second career triple-double, recording an impressive 10 blocks along with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
The rookie sensation displayed veteran-like control over the game, playing 29 minutes and boasting a +20 net rating. Not since Anthony Davis' triple-double with blocks in 2018 has the NBA seen such an accomplishment.
NBA fans were in awe of Wembanyama's historic performance, taking to social media to share their reactions. One fan even compared his performance to that of Hakeem Olajuwon, a legendary NBA player.
When the San Antonio Spurs selected Wembanyama first overall in the draft last summer, they likely had performances like this in mind. Despite the team's struggles, Wembanyama has proven to be a strong Rookie of the Year contender.
Wembanyama's impact was felt from the opening possession of the game, where he stopped Jakob Poeltl's layup attempt and then made a three-pointer on San Antonio's next possession. He led the Spurs to an early 10-0 lead and continued to make significant contributions throughout the game.
By the end of the first quarter, the Spurs had a 34-28 lead, which they extended to 67-50 by halftime. Wembanyama's alley-oop dunk in the third quarter increased the lead to 100-70, and he sealed his triple-double with his tenth block in the fourth quarter.
The Raptors' head coach began rotating players off the bench as the Spurs surged to a 27-point lead, a testament to Wembanyama's dominant performance on both ends of the court.
Victor Wembanyama's exceptional display of skill and athleticism has solidified his status as a rising star in the NBA, and his performance against the Raptors will be remembered as a historic achievement in his young career.