The San Antonio Spurs survived the Oklahoma City Thunder 154-147 in double overtime, possibly the season's NBA game. The Spurs had not missed a 3-pointer throughout the game, the Thunder erased a 16-point deficit to force overtime, LaMarcus Aldridge became the newest member of the NBA's 50-point club, and Russell Westbrook completed the activities of Russell Westbrook. .. once again. If you missed something from the action, we made it.
LaMarcus Aldridge goes out
LaMarcus Aldridge performs Tracy McGrady by throwing the ball off the back wall Before the end of the throwing clock scored the goal.
When Aldridge got into the night, he was with his 45 points in March of last year. No Spurs player had scored more than in a game since Tony Parker posted 55 against the Timberwolves in November 2008.
Aldridge blew these two numbers away on Thursday night, moving from the 20 th field to 33 and 16 to 16 from the free-throw line to reach a career-high 56 points, the third most in Spurs history, behind David Robinson's 71- Points game in 1994 and George Gervin's 63-point game in 1978. The difference between these games and Aldridge's performance? In both cases of Robinson and Gervin, their teammates tried to score as many points as they could on the final day of the season to secure the championship title – and in both cases the Spurs were successful. Aldridge's 56 points, while he took two overtime hours, came in the normal course of San Antonio's offense.
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Aldridge is the ninth player to score at least 50 points in an NBA game The season was joined by Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker and James Harden, who was the only player with multiple 50-point appearances in 2018-19-19.
The Spurs & # 39; unlikely 3-point Barrage
The Spurs begin the game 14 of 14 off the bow. These are the most well-formed 3-pointers with which a team could start a game in the past 20 years.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has recently spoken out against the NBA's trend for more 3-point shots. The Spurs entered the game with the lowest 3-point attempts per game in the league, while shooting the highest percentage out of the arc. Against thunder, the Spurs exceeded that level of effectiveness to a level never seen before in the NBA.
San Antonio scored a perfect 10/10 goal on 3-pointers in the first half and ended up with the first 14 3-pointers ahead of a Miss from Derrick White in the third quarter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 14 Spurs of the three consecutive 3-pointers in the past 20 seasons were the most. San Antonio finished the 3-point field with 16:19 (84.2 percent). This is the highest score for a team that has tried at least 15, exceeding the previous bull record in 2005 (14:17, 82.4 percent).
Neither of these 19 3-point attempts came, surprisingly, from Aldridge, who was the first player to score at least 56 points without trying a 3-point since Shaquille O'Neal left the LA Clippers on his birthday 2000 lit for 61 points.
Westbrook's Incredible Triple Double
Russell Westbrook beats Paul Georges's failed shot, then flushes to Steven Adams for a large jam.
Westbrook has on average a triple-double – and has for the last two seasons – so to see that posting a triple-double is not particularly surprising. But what Westbrook did on Thursday night was certainly something special. The former MVP finished the race with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 24 assists. The first player in NBA history to record these numbers in the same game, says Elias Sports Bureau. The only other player to have a 24-point, 24-assist and 10-rebound game was Isiah Thomas, who made it to the Detroit Pistons in 1985 in a double overtime game.
It was Westbrook's second career 20-10. In this category he is only with Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson (both at three), according to Elias. Westbrook's 24 assists are a career high and most of all NBA players since Rajon Rondo on December 27, 2017 had 25 for the New Orleans Pelicans. They were also the most of a Thunder player since the team moved to Oklahoma City, and a franchise record (including the Seattle years) set up in 1987 by Indiana Pacers' current coach, Nate McMillan.
Points Not Too High
By the time the extra 10 minutes of basketball were played, the Thunder and Spurs had scored the most points in a match this season for 301 points – even in the NBA the whole line. The final game with a total of 300 points – excluding the all-star game of the league – was on December 7, 2006, when the Suns defeated the Nets 161-157 in double overtime.
For the Spurs, the 154 points were the highest in a game since 1990 had fallen 161 against Denver Nuggets coached by Paul Westhead. You do not have to go back that far to find the last time OKC scored 147. The Thunder lit the LeBron James- Cleveland Cavaliers led in last January for 148 in regulation.
With that in mind, it's no surprise that the game went beyond the pre-game line. Far away. To be precise, 76.5 points after the game closed at an over / under 224.5. Great luck if you bet against the bet.
Popovich overtakes Sloan
In the chaos of both overtime and the bombardment of the bucket was the fact that this was the 1222nd Popovich's career victory as head coach was that of him past Jerry Sloan for third place on the NBA's all-time list. Next is Lenny Wilkens on the list, who ended his career in the Hall of Fame with 1,332 victories. Don Nelson overtook Wilkens in 2010 with 1,335 victories. If Popovich continued to train and continue his career, he would probably pass both Wilkens and Nelson in the 2020-21 season.
New highs for Grant, White
Aldridge and Westbrook were not just militants. Thunder striker Jerami Grant scored a 25-point career, and Spurs guard Derrick Whites 23 was the most scored in his youthful career.
The two also came together – literally – for one of the biggest highlights This game was not a basket when White Grant crammed on the edge and took a blood-drawn elbow for his efforts.
Derrick White denies Jerami Grant from behind, but pays the price like an elbow in the face makes him bleed.