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Victor Wembanyama Shines with 18 Points and Seven Blocks as Spurs Defeat Grizzlies 102-87

Victor Wembanyama showcased his prowess with an impressive stat line of 18 points, seven blocks, seven rebounds, and six assists, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a convincing 102-87 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. Julian Champagnie contributed 17 points to the Spurs’ winning effort, while Sandro Mamukelashvili recorded a career-best 16 rebounds alongside 11 points, helping the Spurs break a 13-game losing streak against the Grizzlies dating back to December 23, 2020. Blake Wesley also chipped in with 13 points for San Antonio.

On the Grizzlies’ side, Jordan Goodwin had a standout performance, securing a career-high 19 rebounds while adding 10 points to the scoreboard. Brandon Clarke, Scotty Pippen Jr., and Trey Jemison each contributed 14 points to Memphis’ efforts.

The game remained tightly contested in the first half, with the Spurs holding a narrow 49-48 lead at halftime. However, San Antonio surged ahead in the third quarter, embarking on a dominant 25-9 run to establish a commanding 77-61 advantage heading into the final period. Memphis struggled to find their rhythm offensively, managing to convert only four field goals in the quarter, including a paltry one of eight attempts from beyond the arc.

In the fourth quarter, the Spurs continued to extend their lead, eventually building a 20-point cushion to secure the victory.

Both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention, currently occupying the bottom spots in the Western Conference standings. With postseason aspirations out of reach, the focus shifts to the future, as both franchises look towards the upcoming draft lottery and the promise of improvement for the next season.

For San Antonio, the growth and development of Wembanyama and their young core provide optimism for a brighter future. Meanwhile, Memphis aims to overcome the injury setbacks that have plagued them throughout the season, as evidenced by the absence of 13 players on Tuesday night, resulting in the team fielding their 50th starting lineup of the season. The Spurs also grappled with injuries, missing several key players for the game.

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