Aldridge erupts for 56 as Spurs outlast Thunder in 2OT thriller

TAKEOVER. Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge gets his way past Steven Adams and the OKC Thunder. Photo from NBA Twitter

TAKEOVER. Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge gets his way past Steven Adams and the OKC Thunder. Photo from NBA Twitter

LOS ANGELES, USA – LaMarcus Aldridge tallied a career-high 56 points as the San Antonio Spurs overcame Russell Westbrook’s triple-double by outgunning the Oklahoma City Thunder, 154-147, in a double overtime thriller in the NBA on Thursday, January 10 (Friday, January 11, Manila time).

Aldridge’s epic performance saw him surpass his previous career-high of 45 points, which he set against Utah last March.

He rattled off 7 points in the 2nd overtime as the Spurs outlasted the Thunder one day after having one of their worst shooting performances of the season in a 96-86 loss to Memphis.

“I was trying to be dominant,” Aldridge said. “I got going early in 3rd and it felt good. I was trying to get to the rim.

“We had to stay calm and get it done down the stretch, and we did.”

Westbrook also delivered a monster game for the Thunder, finishing with 24 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 24 assists.

The Spurs have won 6 of 7 games – and 14 of 18 – to close within a game of the Thunder for 3rd place in the Western Conference.

This was their first meeting of the season and Oklahoma City will get a chance for revenge on Saturday when they host the Spurs.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich recorded his 1,222 win, surpassing Jerry Sloan to move to 3rd place on the all-time list.

Paul George finished with 30 points and Jerami Grant had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who lost their seventh consecutive game in San Antonio.

DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points and 11 assists but shot just 7-of-22 from the floor and missed potential game-deciding shots at the end of regulation and the end of the 1st overtime.

San Antonio made its first 14 three-pointers to set a franchise record. After their initial success from beyond the arc, the Spurs switched gears and got the ball down low to Aldridge with the game on the line.

“We try to play inside out and it worked tonight,” Aldridge said.

In Denver, Nikola Jokic finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his 21st career triple-double to help the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets stretch their home winning streak to 11 by routing the Los Angeles Clippers, 121-100.

Jamal Murray scored 23 points and Mason Plumlee added a season-high 17 points to go with 12 rebounds for the Nuggets. They’re now 17-3 at home.

Lou Williams led the Clippers with 19 points, and Danilo Gallinari tallied 18 against his former team. – Rappler.com