NBA: Victor Wembanyama scores 15 points to lead the Spurs past the Rockets 117-103

AP , Thursday 19 Oct 2023

Top draft pick Victor Wembanyama scored 15 points in 21 minutes to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 117-103 victory over the visiting Houston Rockets in preseason action on Wednesday night.

San Antonio Spurs Victor Wembanyama (1) and Charles Bassey, left, tangle with Houston Rockets Aaron Holiday, center, during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in San Antonio. AP


The 7-foot-4 Wembanyama missed all five of his shots from the field in the first half, but made 7 of 8 from the free throw line to help the Spurs (2-2) to a 60-44 advantage at halftime. He hit 3 of 5 shots in the second half ,with two 3-pointers, and finished with six rebounds and two blocks.

Devin Vassell hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points to lead the Spurs. Zach Collins had 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists. He also accounted for six of the Spurs' 22 turnovers.

Amen Thompson, the fourth overall selection in June's draft, and 20th pick Cam Whitmore started and combined to score five points in the first half for Houston (3-1). Thompson and Whitmore scored 15 points apiece in the Rockets' 99-89 win over the Spurs in Houston on Monday night, with Wembanyama sitting out.

Thompson finished with five points, four rebounds and four assists. Whitmore scored 14 of his 17 in the second half. Jeenathan Williams added 19 points and eight rebounds off the bench.


Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left and scored 16 of his 30 points in the final 4:46 as Golden State ran its preseason winning streak to four games and sent Sacramento to its fourth straight loss.

Curry hit eight 3-pointers for Golden State (4-0), including four late in the fourth quarter as the Warriors outscored the Kings (0-4) by 14 in the final period. He added five assists and four rebounds.

Jonathan Kuminga had 18 points and Andrew Wiggins scored 16 for the Warriors. Second-round pick Trayce Jackson-Davis, acquired in a trade with Washington, started and finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul had 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds off the bench.

De’Aaron Fox scored 25 points and Keegan Murray added 24 for the Kings. Domantas Sabonis pitched in with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Colby Jones, a second-round selection acquired in a trade with Charlotte, hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 in 15 minutes.

Murray and Davion Mitchell each had 14 points by halftime and the Kings led 56-49.


Jordan Poole scored 41 points in 27 minutes and Washington rolled past New York at Madison Square Garden.

Poole hit 10 of 19 shots, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range, and made 15 of 16 free throws — in three quarters — as the Wizards remained unbeaten in three preseason games.

Mike Muscala scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half on 5-for-5 shooting from long distance. Tyus Jones added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Julius Randle paced the Knicks (1-3) with 20 points and 10 rebounds. RJ Barrett had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Mitchell Robinson added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Poole scored 29 points in the first half and helped the Wizards to a 65-52 lead at the break.

Bilal Coulibaly, the seventh overall pick acquired in a trade with Indiana, had seven points and three steals in a start for Washington.

NETS 107, HEAT 104

Reserves Lonnie Walker IV scored 22 points and Day'Ron Sharpe added 19 points on 6-for-7 shooting and 11 rebounds as visiting Brooklyn held off Miami.

Walker made half of his 14 shots and was 4 for 7 from long distance for Brooklyn (2-2).

Haywood Highsmith and Cole Swider scored 15 apiece to lead Miami (2-2). Jamal Cain had 14 rebounds and seven points.

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