Spurs Outlast Thunder in Double-Overtime, Win Thriller 154-147

Jose Verdugo
Enero 11, 2019

Westbrook, with 24 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 24 assists, claimed just the second triple-double in National Basketball Association history with at least 20 points and 24 assists. In fact, Aldridge became the first player to pour in at least 56 points without shooting a 3 since Shaquille O'Neal accomplished the feat in 2000 when he scored 61 points on the LA Clippers. Johnson had 17,707 points in 13 seasons with the Lakers.

The Spurs began the night by knocking down their first 14 3-point shot attempts of the game, and finished by hitting 16-of-19 from beyond the arc in the game.

Such a brilliant night for Aldridge seemed nearly inconceivable in November, when the veteran suffered through a shooting slump that saw him score six points on 3-of-12 shooting against the Phoenix Suns and 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting in 38 minutes against the Clippers.

The Thunder's rally came up short in the second overtime, as OKC shot just 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) in the final five minutes while Aldridge continued his dominance.

As you would imagine for a game featuring 114 field goals, there were any number of twists and turns as the Thunder battled back from 16 down in the second quarter, and seven with 3 minutes, 14 seconds left in regulation. The two teams will turn around and play again on Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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Aldridge wanted the ball both during the game, and after. Shot 2-of-5 from the free throw line, so that's still a thing. Paul George posted 30 points and eight rebounds while Grant scored a career-high 25 to go with 12 rebounds. Not his best night.

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. 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 complaining about (not scoring 50 points) like two weeks ago", Aldridge said. With full credit for the effort, contesting the rim is not one of them.

The Other Guys. Seven Spurs scored in double-figures, including Aldridge (56), Derrick White (23), Belinelli (19), DeRozan (16), Bryn Forbes (14), Patty Mills (14), and Davis Bertans (12). He played all of the first overtime and the tail end of the second - only checking in after Grant fouled out.

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.

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