It was records galore as Lamarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 56 points, which enabled the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 154-147 in one of the games of the season, which went into overtime twice on Thursday night.
The Spurs’ veteran shot 20-for-33 from the field and a perfect 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. LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Kemba Walker and James Harden are also part of that elite club and the latter is the only player to have scored at least 50 points in more than one game this season.
“I got going early in the third [quarter] and I felt good,” he told after the game. “I was just trying to get to the rim. I had a good rhythm in getting to the rim and I just felt good out there.”
By not attempting a single three-pointer, the second overall pick of the 2006 round became the first player to score at least 56 points without ever shooting from beyond the arc since Shaquille O’Neal scored 61 points against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2000.
The 300+ points match saw Spurs' (154 points) scoring the most since putting 161 past the Denver Nuggets in 1990, while Oklahoma’s 147 was just short of the 148 they scored in January last year against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Predictably, Russell Westbrook was instrumental in the Thunder’s scoring spree on Thursday, finishing with 24 points, 24 assists and 13 rebounds.
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