Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge scores most points without 3-point attempt since 2000

Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge scores most points without 3-point attempt since 2000

Early in his tenure with the San Antonio Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge wasn't always comfortable.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a little bit of a funk with six losses in their last 10 games and they will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat after Thursday's tough loss to the Spurs. After the Spurs essentially abandoned the 3-pointer after their hot start, White drained a 3 to put San Antonio up 129-126. The Thunder certainly haven't been at their best lately but they have won 14 of their last 15 games as home favorites against the Spurs who had to be near-perfect just to scrape by in double overtime.

Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 17-4-1 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record, 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a win and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. "He anchors us at both ends of the floor".

San Antonio's big man chipped in seven points in the deciding second-overtime period and clocked in a team-high 49 minutes of playtime for the game. While his usage is down from previous year, Aldridge has done a great job of growing as a player in the latter stages of his career.

The Spurs' 154 points were the most they scored since putting 161 past the Denver Nuggets in 1990, while Oklahoma's 147 was just short of the 148 they scored in January previous year against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Westbrook became the second player to have a 24-point, 24-assist, 10-rebound game. "That I feel like it should have happened in my career".

The two teams square off again on Saturday in Oklahoma City.

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"I take a lot of pride (in triple-doubles)", Westbrook said. "So, I do it every night". Those who study and cover the league should understand that San Antonio is deserving of two All Stars but in a jam-packed Western Conference, getting two players in the game will be tough.

The Spurs were absolutely on fire from 3-point range in this game, though, as they went a ideal 10-for-10 from beyond the arc in the first half. White added 23 points for San Antonio.

With the Spurs up 130-128, Belinelli had the ball stolen at midcourt, leading to a tying layup by Grant with 5.6 seconds left.

DeRozan missed another jumper with 0.3 seconds left in the first extra period and the Thunder could not put up a shot at the buzzer as White tipped the inbounds pass from Westbrook.

Entering Thursday's matchup, LaMarcus Aldridge was averaging 19.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 50.4 percent from the field - numbers that will only go up thanks to his career night.

Thunder: San Antonio's 16 3-pointers tied the most Oklahoma City has allowed this season, which came November 19 at Sacramento. Aldridge has 17,758 career points, passing Magic Johnson for 78th on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

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