Victor Wembanyama vowed that the San Antonio Spurs will "keep working our a** off" after they ended their long wait for a win.
The Spurs overcame LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 129-115 on Friday.
That brought up just their fourth win of the season, and their first since November 2, ending an 18-game losing run.
"Kind of felt like a playoff game to me," No.1 draft pick Wembanyama said. "But, of course we have to feel good about it.
"We love that feeling. We want to repeat it, so yeah, we're going to keep working our a** off."
Wembanyama's teammate Zach Collins added: "We know we've been trending in the right direction, so nobody's shocked as far as the players go.
"We just knew we had to catch a couple breaks, make some more shots. We knew our defense was getting better, so we feel good about it."
all the feels!— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 16, 2023
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Wembanyama had 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Devin Vassell led the Spurs with a career-high 36 points.
James, who was missing from the Lakers starting lineup as Los Angeles defeated the Spurs on Wednesday, could not inspire Darvin Ham's team, who were without Anthony Davis.
"That's going to be challenging on us," James said when asked how the Lakers regroup for a home game against the New York Knicks on Monday.
"We've got to mentally and physically prepare ourselves. We've got to take care of our bodies. We've got to get our sleep. We've got to get our nutrition. We've got to hydrate.
"Whatever we've got to do to refuel, we've got to do, because the games are going to continue to come."