Mark R. Bacon—Main Event Sports DC
The Spurs won one of the wilder games in the NBA season Thursday. San Antonio took down Oklahoma City 154-147 in double-overtime behind a career-high 56 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and an unprecedented 3-point shooting display. The 56 points is the most scored by a player without a 3-point attempt since Shaquille O’Neal tallied 61 in 2000 without a shot from beyond the arc.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 56 points vs. Thunder, the most points without a three-point attempt in an NBA game since Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal scored 61 points vs. Clippers on 3/6/2000.
The Spurs were absolutely on fire from 3-point range in this game, though, as they went a perfect 10-for-10 from beyond the arc in the first half. San Antonio was the first team in the last 20 years to record that stat line in a half.
The Spurs shot 10-10 from three in the first half against the Thunder. They are the only team in the last 20 seasons to go 10-10 from three or better in a half.
It didn’t stop there, though. San Antonio made its first 14 3-point attempts to start the game. In total, it finished 16 of 19 from beyond the arc.
The Spurs made FOURTEEN straight threes to start the game.
But the Thunder didn’t back down as Russell Westbrook had a great game. He posted his fourth career 20-point, 20-assist performance in addition to a triple-double (24-13-24).
The Spurs (25-18) are now just one game back of the Thunder (25-16) for third place in the Western Conference.