Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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Aldridge scores 56 as Spurs outlast Thunder in 2OT

Aldridge scores 56 as Spurs outlast Thunder in 2OT

Though the Thunder offense was firing on all cylinders, San Antonio - particularly Aldridge - was able to get whatever they wanted on the offensive end. An Adams dunk off a feed from Westbrook tied it 141-141 to send it to double-overtime.

The media scrum huddled around a whiteboard in the visiting locker room at the AT&T Center after the Thunder's 154-147 double overtime loss Thursday to the Spurs. The Spurs' Derrick White grabbed the rebound, and the game was all but over. "It was fun to watch".

Aldridge had seven points in the second overtime and White added four points, a steal and a critical block of Jerami Grant at the rim with San Antonio up 148-144 with less than two minutes remaining. They finished 16-19 from 3-point range. "He anchors us at both ends of the floor". He did it last year and he is doing it this year too. "He's been fantastic, and obviously he had a great night".

Aldridge surpassed his previous career high of 45 points, which he set against Utah on March 23, 2018.

Aldridge inflicted his damage on the Thunder without ever shooting a 3-pointer. "That I feel like it should have happened in my career". The six-time All-Star scored seven points in double-OT to finally give the Spurs a victory that appeared over before a furious comeback attempt by the Thunder.

On the back of another Russell Westbrook triple double, Oklahoma City refused to let the Spurs and their sharpshooters get away.


George led the Thunder with 30 points, while Grant finished with a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out midway through the second overtime. So as Westbrook piled up a career-high 24 assists (and only three turnovers), the teams engaged in a back and forth.

"I'm sure I said it, but not with my mouth", Aldridge said. "So, I do it every night". San Antonio's sizzling 3-point shooting percentage (84.2) was the best by any team with a minimum of 15 attempts in a game, eclipsing the record set in 2005 by the Chicago Bulls (82.4 percent).

Belinelli made three consecutive 3-pointers in less than a minute in the opening quarter, and the Spurs made all 10 of their 3s in the first half to build a 16-point lead.

Terrance Ferguson added 21 points, Adams racked up 19 and Dennis Schroder had 14 points for Oklahoma City, which lost its third game in a row. He shot 7-of-10 from long range for a season-high 21 points and had a hand in DeMar DeRozan's 7-of-22 shooting effort.

DeRozan missed another jumper with 0.3 seconds left in the first extra period and the Thunder could not put up a shot at the buzzer as White tipped the inbounds pass from Westbrook. Magic Johnson scored 17,707 points during his Hall of Fame career.

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