The Spurs pulled out a thriller in double overtime, 154-147.
Oklahoma City rallied back and tied it at 114 with six minutes remaining in regulation when Steven Adams made consecutive follows off misses by Westbrook.
LaMarcus Aldridge recorded a career-high 56 points during the win as it was the most points scored in a game without attempting a 3-pointer since Shaquille O'Neal scored 61 on March 6, 2000, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Tonight, he shattered his career-best with 56 points, along with nine rebounds, four assists, and four blocks on 20-of-33 (60.6 percent) from the field.
"Well, he's been a beast all year long", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He anchors us at both ends of the floor". He did it last year and he is doing it this year too.
Interestingly, Aldridge had just recently expressed slight frustration about having never scored 50 in a game during his career.
And that says nothing about the sheer drama we were treated to along the way.
White said Aldridge kept asking for the ball and he got it. With that being said, I think the Thunder bounce back with a statement win at home in this one. "I had a good rhythm in getting to the rim and I just felt good out there". "I didn't realize we had been making as many as we made until after the game".
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Seven different Kings scored double-digit points - Willie Cauley-Stein, Iman Shumpert, Buddy Hield, De'Aaron Fox, Marving Bagley III, Harry Giles and Yogi Ferrell - as Sacramento held on after a 65-point first half. Plus a small cut on the left side of his forehead that was taped up.
The Thunder scored 21 points off 14 San Antonio turnovers while only turning the ball over seven times. That's the highest mark for any team that has ever attempted at least 15 3-pointers, surpassing the previous record set by the Bulls in 2005 (14-for-17, 82.4 percent).
DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 18 points.
DeRozan finished with 16 points and 11 assists, but shot 7 for 22 from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds.
But in the two seasons since - still with the Spurs - Aldridge has put together a couple of the finest campaigns from a veteran big man in recent memory.
What makes the double overtime victory even more impressive is the fact the Spurs were playing on the second night of a back-to-back. With an unfamiliar rough patch facing them in recent times, they have now lost six of their previous ten, falling as far as 3.5 games below the apex. Sure, you can quibble over the fact that if he'd stepped back another foot or so, the jumper would've been worth an extra point - or you can appreciate how hard it was to not just get that shot off over Steven Adams, but to splash it.
They head for Oklahoma City for a rematch Saturday night.