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

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Two high N.B.A. groups battling into double time beyond regulation. Memorable particular person performances. And factors, factors, factors. Thursday evening’s recreation between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder set a handful of data, however it was the Spurs who received, 154-147.

LaMarcus Aldridge had his greatest evening. Though he has averaged 20 factors or extra repeatedly, and steadily winds up within the 30s and 40s, Aldridge had by no means scored 50 factors in an N.B.A. recreation till Thursday. And at halftime, it didn’t appear like Thursday could be the evening, both; Aldridge had solely 14 factors. However a powerful second half took him to 43, and he the 2 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 Three-pointers, which have powered a lot of the current record-setting offensive performances within the trendy N.B.A. (That was not stunning; Aldridge is barely 2 for 14 on the 12 months from distance.) Nonetheless, in padding his scoring in 1s and 2s, Aldridge grew to become the primary participant to attain 50 factors with out making an attempt a Three-pointer since Jermaine O’Neal had 55 for the Indiana Pacers in 2005.

It was probably the most factors by a Spurs participant since David Robinson scored 71 in 1994, and probably the most towards the Thunder franchise since Tom Chambers of the Suns poured in 60 towards the group — then nonetheless the Seattle SuperSonics — in 1990.

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

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