Homgren scores 21 points in his debut, and Wrenban contributes 20 points as the Thunder narrowly defeat the Spurs with a score of 122-121.
2023/10/09

In the season opener between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, rookies Victor Wembanyama and Cade Cunningham made their debut. Despite the absence of Thunder's Sha'Gilgeous-Alexander, the Spurs lost a close game, 121-122. The Spurs started strong with Zach Collins making two free throws and Trey Jones scoring 5 consecutive points, giving them a 7-0 lead. Homgren grabbed an offensive rebound, drew a foul, and made one free throw. He then assisted Jalen Williams for a fast-break layup. Homgren scored his first basket under the rim. Dort hit a three-pointer, followed by a fast break by Giddey, leading the Thunder to take the lead. After 4 minutes of play, Wembanyama scored his first bucket with a put-back, and then he made a fast-break 2+1 against Homgren. Homgren immediately responded with a three-pointer. Wembanyama dunked on a fast break, and Homgren scored again under the basket. He then made two layups to help the Thunder tie the game. The Spurs ended the first quarter strong with a 17-4 run, leading 43-30. Wembanyama scored 10 points in 6 minutes, making 5 out of 6 shots, while Homgren scored 14 points in 8 minutes. In the second quarter, Isaiah Joe made all 6 of his free throws. Wembanyama made a left-handed layup with a turnaround move, followed by 2 three-pointers. Homgren also made a three-pointer from the wing. Dort and Giddey had a burst, and Jalen Williams had dunks, layups, and made all his three-point shots, allowing the Thunder to narrow the gap to 74-81 by halftime. Homgren had 21 points and 9 rebounds at halftime, while Wembanyama scored 18 points. Homgren, Dort, Jalen Williams, and Giddey did not play in the second half. Bertans made 4 three-pointers as the Thunder started the second half with an 18-8 run to take the lead. Wembanyama scored on a second-chance floater before getting subbed out halfway through the quarter. Isaiah Joe and others ended the quarter with an 8-0 run, with the Thunder leading 104-98. In the fourth quarter, Terrance Mann, Waters, and Jerome had a 12-5 run, giving the Thunder a 13-point lead with 6 minutes remaining. Jaree Lees and Graham hit three-pointers as the Spurs narrowed the gap to 119-120 in the final minute. Waters made a mid-range jumper, while Bediako dunked for the Spurs. With 35 seconds left, the difference was still one point. Waters missed a three-pointer, and Bediako's layup was blocked. Graham missed a last-second three-point shot to tie the game, resulting in a 1-point loss for the Spurs. Homgren played 16 minutes and 16 seconds, scoring 21 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, and making 1 block with 0 turnovers. Giddey had 10 points and 5 assists, Dort scored 14 points, Jalen Williams had 12 points and 4 rebounds, Isaiah Joe scored 14 points, and Bertans scored 12 points. Wembanyama played 13 minutes, scoring 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, with 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block but had 4 turnovers. Collins had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, and Trey Jones had 12 points and 6 assists. The final score was 121-122 in favor of the Thunder.

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