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Behind LaMarcus Aldridge’s career-best 56, Spurs outlast Thunder in 2OT

Behind LaMarcus Aldridge’s career-best 56, Spurs outlast Thunder in 2OT

The Spurs' big man shot 20-for-33 from the field and a ideal 16-for-16 from the free throw line to become the ninth player to break the 50-point threshold this season, along with Golden State Warriors trio Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

In addition to the 20-plus points and eight rebounds Aldridge can seemingly still give you in his sleep, he's actually improved as a defender in the back half of his career, anchoring a top-four defense previous year while helping this season's depleted Spurs bounce back from an ugly start on that end of the floor. After an offseason of turmoil for the rising superstar, DeMar DeRozan is playing the most complete basketball of his life under Pop's game plan while Aldridge continues to anchor his team on both ends of the court. Last year, he bricked his way to 29.3 percent from deep on 1.2 attempts.

The Spurs' 154 points were the most they scored since putting 161 past the Denver Nuggets in 1990, while Oklahoma's 147 was just short of the 148 they scored in January previous year against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Two free throws by Paul George with 40 seconds left in the second overtime brought the Thunder within two points before Aldridge converted a pair from the charity stripe with 25.2 seconds left to all but cement the game.

And who'd be more familiar to the pressure than the man who averaged more than 23 points per game for the Spurs last season.

That's what LaMarcus Aldridge's Portland Trail Blazers teammates used to shout when Aldridge got the ball - usually in the mid-range or in the post - before he devoured his opponent.

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"I was just complaining about (not scoring 50 points) like two weeks ago", Aldridge said. "That I feel like it should have happened in my career".

Even with Aldridge's performance and a record showing by the Spurs from beyond the arc, Oklahoma City never wavered, tying the game at 130 on a layup by Jerami Grant off a Russell Westbrook assist with 5.6 seconds to play in regulation. These teams meet again Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 points while adding five rebounds and five assists in a 115-99 loss to the Heat. "I'm all right. I'll be all right", White said. "I do other things that impact winning, impact the team and then I feel like I'm the best at all those other things". Those who study and cover the league should understand that San Antonio is deserving of two All Stars but in a jam-packed Western Conference, getting two players in the game will be tough. They finished 16-19 from 3-point range. White added 23 points for San Antonio.

DeRozan missed another jumper with 0.3 seconds left in the first extra period and the Thunder could not put up a shot at the buzzer as White tipped the inbounds pass from Westbrook. He finished 5-5 from 3-point range and scored a season-high 19 points.

Spurs: Aldridge has 17,758 career points, passing Magic Johnson for 78th on the NBA's career list.


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