Victor Wembanyama’s late surge after early foul trouble not enough to lift Spurs past Mavericks in NBA debut


Luka Dončić had a triple-double while leading the Mavericks past Victor Wembanyama and the Spurs in their season-opener on Wednesday night. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Victor Wembanyama’s NBA career is officially moving, but his debut was far less exciting than many had hoped.

At least, it was until the final few minutes when he was able to finally turn it on.

Wembanyama, who is easily the most anticipated rookie since LeBron James entered the league, was held to just six points through three quarters and was in foul trouble for much of his season opener with the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night at the Frost Bank Center.

Finally, though, Wembanyama surged late in the fourth quarter. He dropped nine points in the period and almost single-handidly led the Spurs flying back to the win. Yet the Dallas Mavericks, behind a triple-double from Luka Dončić, held on to grab the 126-119 win.

Wembanyama finished the night with 15 points, five rbounds and two assists. He shot 6-of-9 from the field with three 3-pointers.

Wembanyama wasted no time getting his night started. He blocked a Kyrie Irving jumper not even a minute into the game.

His first points then came midway through the quarter when he drilled a 3-pinter from the top of the key over Maxi Kleber.

Wembanyama got a second 3-pointer to fall later in the quarter from the corner, giving him six points in the period. The Spurs dropped 43 points in the first quarter, which was more than they scored in a single quarter in all of last season, after they shot 62% from the field and 50% from behind the arc.

Wembanyama’s offense, however, ended there. The Mavericks ended the firs half on an 8-0 run to cut the Spurs’ lead to four at the break. Wembanyama didn’t attempt a shot in the second quarter.

The Mavericks finally pushed ahead in the third quarter, ending the period on another 8-0 run to take a five-point lead. Wembanyama didn’t shoot the ball in that quarter, either. He picked up two fouls and committed four turnovers in less than four minutes, and was quickly subbed out.

While he entered the game to start the fourth quarter, Wembanyama fouled Dončić…


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