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Spurs rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama makes NBA history with jawdropping stat line in loss to Lakers

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Victor Wembaneyama entered the NBA with unprecedented excitement. Through the first 51 games of his NBA career, he exceeded his expectations.

Wenbanyama achieved a rare statistical feat on Friday. The French prodigy completed the match against the Los Angeles Lakers with an amazing result, achieving the much-awaited 5×5 game.

Wenbanyama recorded at least five points, five rebounds, five assists, five steals, and five blocks in a game, making him the second rookie in league history to record a 5×5 game. Jamal Tinsley accomplished this feat more than 20 years ago during his rookie year. But Wembaneyama, who turned 20 in January, became the youngest player in NBA history to record a 5×5 game.

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February 23, 2024. Los Angeles, California, USA. San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembaneyama (1) takes a shot during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

He is also the 15th player in league history to achieve that impressive stat line. The San Antonio Spurs star finished the night with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, five steals, and five blocks.

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Wenbanyama took only 31 minutes to complete the 5×5 game requirement. Despite Wenbanyama’s great performance, the Spurs dropped Friday night’s game in Los Angeles. San Antonio is currently at the bottom of the Western Conference on a three-game losing streak.

Victor Wembaneyama grabs the rebound.

February 23, 2024. Los Angeles, California, USA. San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembaneyama (1) grabs a rebound from Los Angeles Lakers forward Rui Hachimura (28) during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Wembaneyama certainly seems grateful for the praise he received early in his NBA career, but he’s still focused on winning games.

“For me, that’s secondary,” Wenbanyama said. “I think it will be a good performance in the future, but as of today I am not satisfied with the loss.”

Wenbanyama also acknowledged the challenge of competing with the greatest players of all time: LeBron James and his star teammate Anthony Davis.

“Of course it was difficult. [going against] One of the best duos in the league,” Wembaneyama said. “Still, if we play this way, I think we can beat a lot of teams.”

“But I think we matured in the end, because every single one of us was making mistakes every time. Little mistakes, missed layups, turnovers on the ball. We went down, we went back to fourth down.” , We were down by seven points many times, and that’s when we made mistakes. So, yeah, that’s maturity.”

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James, a four-time NBA champion, praised Wenbanyama, calling the rookie “special.”

“He doesn’t have a ceiling,” James said. “He can do whatever he wants in his career. He looks like he’s having fun playing the game, he looks like he’s trying. Just watching from the outside, I’m with him every day. But I said a long time ago how special he is, and it’s literally that simple.

“As far as your question is concerned, up until the pandemonium [defensively]in the history of our league, there are players in the league that you have to consider whenever you get around the rim or around the perimeter, and he sits right at the top of that, [if not] You’re around the top with the greats. ”

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