Twitter erupted over double OT thriller between the Thunder and Spurs

Annette Crawford
January 11, 2019

"This is one of those nights", he said.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 56 points and the Spurs overcame Russell Westbrook's triple-double to outlast the Oklahoma City Thunder 154-147 in double-overtime.

"He has been a beast all year long", said head coach Gregg Popovich. "He anchors us on both ends of the floor. Obviously, he had a great night".

Aldridge wasn't the only one who thrived. The Spurs' previous high for 3-pointers to start a game was 11 against Sacramento in 2002.

It was a game that started to slip from the Thunder's fingers when George sank a 3-pointer in the last 12 seconds of the game that would have cut the Spurs' lead to three points. 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).

The Spurs scored a season-high 70 points in the first half behind ideal 10-of-10 shooting from long distance - riding Aldridge and Marco Belinelli to a 70-63 advantage at the break. "I didn't realize we had been making as many as we made until after the game".

Bench trio Patty Mills, Davis Bertans and Marco Belinelli had the hot hands as they shot a combined 12/13 from three point territory.

While Spurs shooters were the stars early, LaMarcus Aldridge was a force throughout the game, adding nine rebounds and four assists to his 56 points.

Westbrook had his 13th triple-double of the season, scoring 24 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and distributing a career-high 24 assists, which were also a season high in the National Basketball Association this year.

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.

And that says nothing about the sheer drama we were treated to along the way. While the Thunder gradually sputtered, the Spurs just kept pumping the ball to Aldridge inside, and the 13-year veteran kept delivering. As simple as it is, it's a grind on the body. When he gets in that mindset of give me the I wish I could swear. But the feat, which put him in a class with only Isiah Thomas (25 points, 10 rebounds and 24 assists in February 1985), didn't mean anything for the Thunder's record even after its improbable comeback sent the game into 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. "I was just trying to help us get the win".

He continued to produce through both overtimes, hitting several big free throws on a 16-for-16 night at the line. "Just body language. I felt like I had a good matchup and I was in a good rhythm out there". "My teammates were very unselfish tonight". First 50-point game for me.

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