Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 32 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame 24 points and 12 rebounds from Victor Wembanyama to beat the San Antonio Spurs 140-114 on Wednesday night.
Chet Holmgren had 17 points and nine rebounds as Oklahoma City won its fourth straight.
“It’s a team sport, not tennis,” Daigneault said.
But it was difficult to ignore a pair of 7-footers with a unique set of skills.
Wembanyama opened the skirmish with a spin move around Holmgren in the paint to bank in a layup.
Holmgren’s 3-pointer gave Oklahoma City its biggest lead at the time at 103-76 a minute into the fourth quarter. Wembanyama responded on the following possession by bullying through Holmgren for a two-handed dunk and a staredown. Holmgren was assessed an offensive foul for pushing Wembanyama on the next possession.
In the end, Oklahoma City’s balanced attack proved too much for San Antonio.
Devin Vassell had 21 points for the Spurs. San Antonio was 9 for 32 on 3-pointers.
Oklahoma City led by 19 points four minutes into the second half. The Thunder were 11 for 22 on 3-pointers in the first half and the Spurs were 3 for 15.
Thunder: At New Orleans on Friday night.
Spurs: Host Portland on Friday night.