LaMarcus Aldridge Scores 56 as the Spurs and the Thunder Fill Up the Scorebook

Two high N.B.A. groups battling into double extra time. Memorable particular person performances. And factors, factors, factors. Thursday night time’s sport between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder set a handful of data, but it surely was the Spurs who gained, 154-147.

LaMarcus Aldridge had his finest night time. Although he has averaged 20 factors or extra recurrently, and ceaselessly winds up in the 30s and 40s, Aldridge had by no means scored 50 factors in an N.B.A. sport till Thursday. And at halftime, it didn’t appear to be Thursday could be the night time, both; Aldridge had solely 14 factors. But a robust second half took him to 43, and he the two overtimes gave him the additional minutes he wanted to 56, a brand new profession excessive.

He tallied the 56 with six layups, three dunks, 11 midrange photographs, and 16 free throws. Notably, the 6-foot-11 Aldridge tried no 3-pointers, which have powered most of the current record-setting offensive performances in the trendy N.B.A. (That was not stunning; Aldridge is simply 2 for 14 on the yr from distance.) Still, in padding his scoring in 1s and 2s, Aldridge turned the first participant to attain 50 factors with out trying a 3-pointer since Jermaine O’Neal had 55 for the Indiana Pacers in 2005.

It was the most factors by a Spurs participant since George Gervin scored 63 in 1978, and the most in opposition to the Thunder franchise since Tom Chambers of the Suns poured in 60 in opposition to the staff — then nonetheless the Seattle SuperSonics — in 1990.

It wasn’t simply the area objectives. Aldridge was 16 of 16 on free throws, rating second this season for perfection from the line. (James Harden had a 19-of-19 efficiency in opposition to the Detroit Pistons in November.) He additionally pitched in on protection, blocking 4 Thunder photographs.

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