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NBA: Despite Wembanyama's work, Spurs lose again

2023-12-09T04:38:09.558Z

Highlights: NBA: Despite Wembanyama's work, Spurs lose again. 16th loss in a row for San Antonio, who were beaten on home floor by Chicago last night. And that's while Victor Wemby had a 20-point, 20-rebound game.. Failed again. Despite a 13-point lead at the end of the first half and a great shot from distance (40.5%), the Spurs fell to Chicago (112-121) last night at the Frost Bank Center. It was the 16th straight loss for the Texans, a record in franchise history.


16th loss in a row for San Antonio, who were beaten on home floor by Chicago last night. And that's while Victor Wembanyama had a 20-point, 20-rebound game.


Failed again. Despite a 13-point lead at the end of the first half and a great shot from distance (40.5%), the Spurs fell to Chicago (112-121) last night at the Frost Bank Center. It was the 16th straight loss for the Texans, a record in franchise history. "The guys battled back, but in the last quarter, teams stepped up defensively and we couldn't keep scoring," said Gregg Popovich. We move on to the next one, we have to move forward. Their 24 offensive rebounds hurt us. The rebounds were the worst part of our game. But a lot of guys are improving. But you can't forget the basics, rebounding is one of them." The Bulls have taken 12 more than the Spurs. However, it wasn't the fault of Victor Wembanyama, who finished with 21 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Frenchman became the youngest player to compile at least 20 points/20 rebounds in NBA history. strong, but not enough in the end...

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He continues to impress," said teammate Tre Jones (18 pts, 9 rebounds) to the press. Five other players with 20 or more points in this game, including one for the Spurs, Keldon Johnson (20 pts), and four for Chicago, Coby White (24 pts), Nikola Vucevic (21 pts, 16 rbs), DeMar DeRozan (20 pts, 10 pts) and Patrick Williams (20 pts). Too much for the Alamo City club, who haven't tasted the joys of victory since November 2, in Phoenix. Long...

Wembanyama pivoting

The Bulls led 1-0 and 5-3. That's all. They chased the score for the rest of the first half, taking a burst in the second quarter (62-49, then 63-52 MT). A near-perfect first half for the home side, with 50% from three-point range. Even though we didn't see this five in action very often, "Pop" changed his first unit for the second time in a row, with Zack Collins and Cedi Osman on the bench, Jeremy Sohan back in the starting lineup and the so-called Malaki Branham to accompany Johnson, Darius Vassell (11 pts, 4/15) and "Wemby", the latter starting at the pivot position. This allowed him to do a hell of a job: already 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks at the break, in 13 minutes. And this despite a clumsiness that does not let him go (3/8). It was a treat for the Frenchman with this spin-move to get away from Andre Drummond's marking and dunk on a lob from Jones. When asked if Wembanyama will see Wembanyama again as a 5 with four outsiders, "Pop" doesn't make any suspense: "Absolutely, yes".

Obviously, the Spurs wouldn't be the Spurs without a breather in the third quarter (68-58, then 68-69). Stupid mistakes, mysterious losses of the ball... Classic. Wembanyama sounded the revolt and there was always a three-pointer that fell in to give some breathing room, but Chicago was now in the lead (81-87, then 83-87 at the end of the 3rd quarter).

The good one against Houston?

Everything to be done again. Despite his clumsiness, from distance (0/4) but not only (8/20 at the end of the game), the No. 1 pick in the Draft was not done tormenting the Bulls in the paint. The Bulls quickly lost Alex Caruso to a right ankle injury (90-89), but not their ability from distance, especially White, then Torey Craig. "SA" with his back against the wall with 3:36 to play (106-114). But "SA" who was now picking on the attack. There was a little bit of hope with Johnson's triples, but it didn't last (109-119). The experience of DeRozan and company paid off (112-121 final score). To be followed for the Spurs, a duel against a team within their reach, Houston. It will be Monday at the Toyota Center.

Source: lefigaro

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