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ALL Records Broken in Spurs-Thunder 2OT Clash

13 January, 2019, 12:18 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Gregg Popovich Steven Adams

San Antonio took down Oklahoma City 154-147 in double-overtime behind a career-high 56 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and an unprecedented 3-point shooting display.

Aldridge inflicted his damage on the Thunder without ever shooting a 3-pointer.

"I got going early in the third [quarter] and I felt good", he told National Basketball Association on TNT after the game.

Aldridge was hyper efficient along the way, hitting 20-of-33 shots and all 16 free throws for the NBA's highest point total without a single 3-point attempt since Shaquille O'Neal went off for 61 in 2000. In percentage terms, that is a conversion rate of 84.2 percent, the most for any team that has attempted at least 15 three-pointers.

He scored 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting Saturday against the Spurs after scoring 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting Thursday against San Antonio. He posted his fourth career 20-point, 20-assist performance in addition to a triple-double (24-13-24).

It was the first meeting of the year between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, and it was one to remember.

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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 on back-to-back nights.

Of the 10 Spurs who saw action, seven of them scored in double figures. As simple as it is, it's a grind on the body. When he gets in that mindset of give me the. "But that's the mindset of what gets him in that groove". It's hard to deny that he's unlocked new aspects of his game this year while Aldridge is finding new ways of doing the same thing.

DeMar DeRozan struggled from the floor, only hitting 7 of 22 shots, but he still managed to finish with a double-double, 16 points and 11 assists. Aldridge scored 42 points in the second half and both overtimes. Sure, you can quibble over the fact that if he'd stepped back another foot or so, the jumper would've been worth an extra point - or you can appreciate how hard it was to not just get that shot off over Steven Adams, but to splash it. We try to play inside-out, and it worked tonight. "You could tell when he got it going - the shots he made, contested, uncontested - he was just dominant".

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

Interestingly, Aldridge had just recently expressed slight frustration about having never scored 50 in a game during his career.

"I was just complaining about (not scoring 50 points) like two weeks ago", Aldridge said. I'll put [the ball] in my little trophy case at the house. "I had a tough stretch of games. I definitely want to have that ball to add to the collection".

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