Thunder vs. Spurs - Game Recap

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan

This game, a 154-147 San Antonio win in double overtime, had everything: Stars like LaMarcus Aldridge and Russell Westbrook performed to their absolute best, the Spurs showed deadly efficiency, Jerami Grant had a breakout performance, and a whole lot more.

The Spurs scored a season-high 70 points in the first half behind flawless 10-of-10 shooting from long distance - riding Aldridge and Marco Belinelli to a 70-63 advantage at the break. After the Spurs essentially abandoned the 3-pointer after their hot start, White drained a 3 to put San Antonio up 129-126.

The San Antonio Spurs could not miss from distance on Thursday.

Oklahoma City entered the game having held opponents to 33.3 percent shooting from 3-point range, the third-lowest in the league, but the Thunder couldn't contain San Antonio early.

Aldridge inflicted his damage on the Thunder without ever shooting a 3-pointer.

He finished with 13 of the Spurs' 24 points over the final 10 minutes, frequently feasting on the undersized Grant as Thunder center Steven Adams struggled with a sprained ankle.

Such a brilliant night for Aldridge seemed nearly inconceivable in November, when the veteran suffered through a shooting slump that saw him score six points on 3-of-12 shooting against the Phoenix Suns and 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting in 38 minutes against the Clippers. An Adams dunk off a feed from Westbrook tied it 141-141 to send it to double-overtime.

As you would imagine for a game featuring 114 field goals, there were any number of twists and turns as the Thunder battled back from 16 down in the second quarter, and seven with 3 minutes, 14 seconds left in regulation.

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LMA. LaMarcus Aldridge was a man among boys in this one. Magic Johnson scored 17,707 points during his Hall of Fame career. He's always been known as a Thunder killer and he proved it yet again tonight.

The Threes. San Antonio started 14-of-14 from the three-point line and it appeared as though they'd run away with the game as a result.

The Spurs hit all 10 of their 3s in the first half and finished 16-for-19 from deep. It's incredible this game is as close as it was considering how well they shot the ball.

Westbrook set an National Basketball Association season-high for assists with another triple-double, logging 24 points, 24 assists and 13 rebounds. He only turned it over three times in his 50 minutes of action - though, to be fair, he shot just 2-of-9 in the fourth quarter and both overtimes. Shot 2-of-5 from the free throw line, so that's still a thing.

While Aldridge thrived in overtime, Westbrook struggled, failing to score in either extra period.

"Sometimes when it gets to clicking, you just see a different side of a player", guard DeMar DeRozan said. Ferg is now 11-of-14 from deep over the last two games.

The Thunder lost their seventh straight in San Antonio despite Westbrook's huge game.

Westbrook had only three turnovers in 50 minutes.

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