LaMarcus Aldridge recorded a career-high 56 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a thrilling 154-147 double-overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Spurs forward, a six-time All-Star, carried the scoring load as the Spurs outlasted the spirited Thunder, connecting on 20-of-33 field goals and a perfect 16-of-16 from the free throw line.
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In the second quarter, Aldridge cut the hoop to convert on a two-handed slam from DeMar DeRozan’s clever pass out of a double team. In the third period, a lofted turnaround fadeaway jump shot from the low post over Jerami Grant gave the Spurs a double-figure lead. He then made a baseline cut to finish a Derrick White alley-oop pass at the rim.
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Aldridge showed his toughness in the fourth quarter, following his own miss before outmuscling Steven Adams for the rebound and laying the ball home. The basket completed a run of 10 straight Spurs points scored by Aldridge.
Thursday night's scores
- Oklahoma City Thunder 147-154 San Antonio Spurs (2OT)
- Boston Celtics 99-115 Miami Heat
- Los Angeles Clippers 100-121 Denver Nuggets
- Detroit Pistons 102-112 Sacramento Kings
The former Portland Trail Blazers star then added six points in the opening overtime period and a further seven in the second extra session – including two crucial free throws with 25 seconds remaining, to ice the game.
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Click the video at the top of the page to watch Aldridge’s stellar 56-point performance.
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