LaMarcus' career-high 56 leads Spurs over Thunder in double-overtime classic

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 11, 2019

Belinelli and Davis Bertans combined to go 9-for-9 from 3-point range to lead a Spurs team that came into the contest averaging the fewest attempts per game from range, while connecting on the highest percentage. Though the Thunder offense was firing on all cylinders, San Antonio - particularly Aldridge - was able to get whatever they wanted on the offensive end.

When that wasn't enough to put away the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio got the extra push it needed from its big man in the middle.

The Spurs made their first 14 3-point attempts, the most consecutive threes to start a game in the National Basketball Association since 1999.

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

He scored a career-high 25 points, added 12 rebounds, and swatted three shots in his 44 minutes.

"Yeah, I was just complaining about two weeks ago that I feel that it should have happened in my career", Aldridge said. "He really carried us", said Derrick White. Let's hope not, but what the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder did on Thursday night might be the landslide victor at season's end.

Oklahoma City entered the game having held opponents to 33.3 percent shooting from 3-point range, the third-lowest in the league, but the Thunder couldn't contain San Antonio early.

During one stretch in the first quarter, Marco Belinelli knocked down three 3-pointers in a span of less than a minute.

Oklahoma City rallied and tied it at 114 with six minutes remaining in regulation when Steven Adams made consecutive follows off misses by Westbrook.

The Spurs have won six of seven and 14 of 18 to close within a game of the Thunder for third place in the Western Conference.

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. But in addition to bullying anyone not named Steven Adams when around the rim and hitting nearly every mid-range jump shot he could, he was connecting on free throws.

That set up a wild "finish" in which Grant's layup off a lob from Westbrook tied the game at 130 with 5.6 remaining, and DeMar DeRozan - one of the few players who didn't quite rise to the occasion - missed from midrange at the buzzer.

Yet, the Thunder threw just enough double teams at Aldridge, and Westbrook saw just enough open shooters-like when he found Terrance Ferguson behind the line and across the court with less than a minute left to tie the game at 126-to keep the Spurs working.

White finished the game with 23 points, five rebounds and eight assists. Magic Johnson scored 17,707 points during his Hall of Fame career.

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