Wembanyama, Spurs come up brief as Clippers expose them with 40-point hole

Okawhi Leonard scored 21 factors, Paul George added 19 and the Los Angeles Clippers’ stars schooled Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama in his first highway recreation, a 123-83 rout of San Antonio on Sunday evening.

Wembanyama was held to 11 factors, 5 rebounds, two assists and one block. He dedicated 5 of the Spurs’ season-worst 25 turnovers.

It was a letdown for Wembanyama after he scored 15 factors in his NBA debut in opposition to Dallas final week. He adopted up with 21 factors in an additional time victory in opposition to Houston.

Russell Westbrook had 19 factors and Ivica Zubac scored 16 for the Clippers, who had seven gamers in double figures. Westbrook and Zubac had a team-high eight rebounds apiece.

Devin Vassell led the Spurs with 14 factors and Cedi Osman added 12 off the bench.

Wembanyama was the one Spurs starter on the court docket to begin the fourth after they trailed 93-60. However he checked out for good after taking part in 26 minutes and clapped for his teammates from the bench.

Westbrook – the French teenager’s favourite participant rising up – delivered a knee to Wembanyama’s thigh within the third. The 19-year-old made 1 of two free throws, capping a stretch during which he scored 5 of the Spurs’ seven factors to depart them trailing 77-48.

After drawing a crowd to his warmup an hour earlier than tipoff, Wembanyama obtained off to a combined begin. The 7-foot-3 star had a turnover on the Spurs’ first possession, blocked Zubac after which missed two free throws.

Wembanyama tapped in an alley-oop move from Zach Collins for his solely two factors of the primary quarter. The Spurs had been down by 12 earlier than scoring their first factors within the second on Wembanyama’s hook.

The Clippers led by 21 within the second quarter earlier than Westbrook hit a 3-pointer from the left nook to ship them into halftime forward 56-37. He slapped fingers with followers within the entrance row.

The Clippers raced to a 20-7 begin, with George scoring 9 factors. His 5 steals had been essentially the most in 1 / 4 in his profession.


Spurs: Go to Phoenix on Tuesday within the first of two in a row in opposition to the Suns.

Clippers: Host Orlando on Tuesday to finish a stretch during which they play three of their first 4 video games at dwelling.

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