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Chet Holmgren Sets New Record in Thunder’s Preseason Win Over Spurs

The Oklahoma City Thunder started their preseason with a thrilling 122-121 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the Paycom Arena on Monday night.

The game featured two of the most hyped young players in the NBA: Chet Holmgren and Victoria Wembanyama.

Following his absence throughout the previous season due to a Lisfranc injury, Holmgren, selected as the second overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft, made a striking return by delivering a sensational performance in his debut for the Thunder.

He managed to net an impressive 21 points, making 7 out of 10 shots, with a flawless 2-of-2 record from beyond the three-point line.

He also grabbed nine rebounds, dished out one assist, and blocked one shot in 16 minutes of action. His 21 points are a Thunder preseason rookie debut record.

Holmgren showed off his versatile skill set, scoring from inside and outside, running the floor, and defending multiple positions.

He also displayed his chemistry with his teammates, especially Jalen Williams, who had 12 points and four assists.

Holmgren was matched up against Wembanyama, the No.1 overall pick in the 2023 draft, who also had an impressive performance for the Spurs.

Wembanyama scored 20 points on 61% shooting, along with five rebounds, two steals, and one block in 19 minutes.

He showcased his length, athleticism, and shooting touch, making four of his six three-point attempts.

Holmgren said he respects Wembanyama as a player and a person, but he did not make the game about their individual rivalry.

“I feel like Vic and myself did a good job of: it’s not the Vic vs Chet Show,” Holmgren said after the game. “It’s Thunder vs Spurs and that’s what it was about to me. And I’m sure Victor felt the same way.”

Holmgren also joked about Wembanyama’s height advantage over him, saying he does not look up to many people literally, but Wembanyama is one of them.

Holmgren went on to express his gratitude to the OKC fans, who gave him a warm welcome and cheered him throughout the game.

“Man, it was great. Shout out to Oklahoma City and the fans,” Holmgren said. “They supported me through the tough times last year. That was huge for me.”

Holmgren said he is looking forward to playing in front of the OKC crowd for a long time.

The Thunder will continue their preseason on Wednesday, when they host the Detroit Pistons at the Paycom Arena.

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