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Wembanyama scores 30 as Spurs snap 5-game skid with win over Blazers

Portland's Henderson has 25 points against fellow lottery pick

By ERIK GUNDERSEN, Associated Press
Published: December 28, 2023, 10:02pm
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San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama, left, drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers center Moses Brown, center, as forward Jerami Grant, right, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023.
San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama, left, drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers center Moses Brown, center, as forward Jerami Grant, right, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023. AP Photo/Steve Dykes) Photo Gallery

PORTLAND — Victor Wembanyama had 30 points, six rebounds, six assists and seven blocks and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-105 on Thursday night to snapped a five-game losing streak.

The teams will meet again in Portland on Friday night.

Wembanyama had 30 or more points for the third time this season. The No. 1 pick in the draft scored 30 in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 13, and had 38 in a win over the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 2.

Wembanyama put on a show in a matchup against fellow lottery pick Scoot Henderson.

“It’s always important to me to play against great players, especially players my age,” Wembanyama said.

Henderson finished with 25 points, four assists and six turnovers for Portland.

“His length alone is just weird, it’s like he hovers over you,“ Henderson said about Wembanyama. “You can’t really feel him or bump him off because of his length.”

Jeremy Sochan added 16 points and seven rebounds for San Antonio.

Malcolm Brogdon and Jerami Grant each scored 29 points for the Trail Blazers.

The Spurs never trailed, building a 28-point lead in the first quarter and carrying a 38-14 advantage into the second.

“We were never stopping the ball, always moving and sharing it,” Wembanyama said. “The defense, we were all locked in on the shifts. We had a lot of deflections, especially in the first half. It’s details, but when you get it all together, this is what it looks like.”

The Spurs shot 14 for 21 (67%) in the quarter, while Portland went 5 for 23 (22%).

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SPURS 118, BLAZERS 105

SAN ANTONIO (118) — Champagnie 0-1 2-2 2, Sochan 6-10 4-5 16, Wembanyama 9-14 10-10 30, Branham 4-10 2-2 13, Vassell 7-16 1-1 17, Mamukelashvili 0-1 0-0 0, McDermott 3-4 0-0 8, Osman 2-3 0-0 4, Collins 4-9 3-4 11, Johnson 4-11 0-0 9, Jones 2-6 4-4 8, Wesley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-85 26-28 118.

PORTLAND (105) — Camara 0-5 1-2 1, Grant 9-21 10-13 29, Brown 2-6 0-0 4, Brogdon 10-19 3-5 29, Henderson 8-23 6-6 25, Wainright 0-5 0-0 0, Walker 2-4 2-2 6, Badji 3-3 1-2 7, Mays 0-8 0-0 0, Thybulle 1-7 1-2 4. Totals 35-101 24-32 105.

San Antonio 38 21 28 31—118

Portland 14 31 29 31—105

3-Point Goals—San Antonio 10-36 (Branham 3-6, McDermott 2-3, Wembanyama 2-4, Vassell 2-9, Johnson 1-6, Champagnie 0-1, Mamukelashvili 0-1, Collins 0-2, Jones 0-2, Sochan 0-2), Portland 11-36 (Brogdon 6-8, Henderson 3-7, Grant 1-5, Thybulle 1-7, Camara 0-1, Mays 0-4, Wainright 0-4). Fouled Out—Collins. Rebounds—San Antonio 42 (Collins, Sochan 7), Portland 57 (Grant 10). Assists—San Antonio 33 (Vassell 7), Portland 16 (Brogdon 6). Total Fouls—San Antonio 20, Portland 22. A—19,335 (19,393)

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