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Devin Vassel, Wembanyama lead Spurs’ 118-111 victory over Utah Jazz 

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SPURS PREVAIL. San Antonio Spurs emerge victorious over the Utah Jazz, beating the latter, 118-111, on Wednesday night (Thursday, March 28, Philippine time). Photo by Reginald Thomas II/San Antonio Spurs

Devin Vassell spearheaded the San Antonio Spurs’ 118-111 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night (Thursday, March 28, Philippine time), pouring in 31 points to lead the charge. 

Alongside Vassell, rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama showcased his defensive prowess with 19 points and an impressive tally of five blocks.

Vassell’s explosive performance drew praise from his teammates, with Wembanyama commending his evolution throughout the season. Vassel, according to Wembanyama, has become a real problem for defenses, highlighting Vassell’s impact on the court.

The Spurs displayed their trademark teamwork, dishing out a season-high 40 assists on 44 field goals, a testament to their commitment to coach Gregg Popovich’s system. 

Vassell lauded the team’s ball movement, attributing their success to their ability to knock down shots and share the ball effectively.

Joining Vassell in the scoring column were Jeremy Sochan, Julian Champagnie, and Malaki Branham, each contributing 17 points to the Spurs’ offensive onslaught. However, it was Vassell who stood out as the driving force behind the victory, orchestrating the offense with six assists to complement his scoring outburst.

Popovich lauded Vassell’s two-way impact, praising his stellar defensive contributions in addition to his offensive prowess. 

Despite a strong showing from Collin Sexton, who tallied 26 points and nine assists for the Jazz, and Lauri Markkanen, who added 25 points, Utah struggled to contain the Spurs’ relentless attack. Trailing for the majority of the game, the Jazz found themselves unable to mount a comeback against San Antonio’s suffocating defense.

In the closing moments of the game, Wembanyama’s defensive presence loomed large as he emphatically swatted away a dunk attempt by Taylor Hendricks, sealing the victory for the Spurs. 

With the win, San Antonio extended their winning streak to five games and moved within striking distance of the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings.

Reflecting on the team’s recent success, Vassell expressed optimism about their growth and improvement. He said they are getting better each day, underscoring Spurs’ transformation since the All-Star break.

Meanwhile, the Jazz continued to struggle following a series of trades that reshaped their roster. 

Head coach Will Hardy lamented his team’s lack of intensity and focus, acknowledging the need for improvement moving forward.

As the Spurs continue to surge, propelled by Vassell’s stellar play and Wembanyama’s defensive prowess, they appear poised to make a push for playoff contention in the competitive Western Conference.

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