Spurs set historic 3-point shooting mark in 1st half vs. Thunder

Ruben Hill
January 11, 2019

San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge passed Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson on the NBA's all-time scoring list on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The game featured a career-high 56 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, which is the most points for a Spurs player since Tony Parker scored 44 points in 2008, and the most points without a 3-pointer since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000. Their three-point onslaught continued after halftime, as they hit four more to start 14-of-14 before finally misfiring. San Antonio took a commanding 13-point lead into the fourth quarter after shooting 61 percent in the third. Let's hope not, but what the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder did on Thursday night might be the landslide victor at season's end.

And that, along with the Spurs' ridiculous 3-point shooting and a massive block by White down the stretch, is what it took against a game opponent in a contest with zero margin for error.

Aldridge entered Thursday with 17,704 career points.

Yet, the Thunder threw just enough double teams at Aldridge, and Westbrook saw just enough open shooters-like when he found Terrance Ferguson behind the line and across the court with less than a minute left to tie the game at 126-to keep the Spurs working. An Adams dunk off a feed from Westbrook tied it 141-141 to send it to double-overtime. "You could tell when he got it going - the shots he made, contested, uncontested - he was just dominant". The two teams will turn around and play again on Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

LaMarcus Aldridge couldn't miss from anywhere. LMA scored a career-high 56 points on 20-of-33 shooting in what is likely the greatest performance of his career. He's always been known as a Thunder killer and he proved it yet again tonight. If the Spurs decided not to shoot a single three for the rest of the game after their 14th triple went in, they would have doubled the record.

The Spurs hit all 10 of their 3s in the first half and finished 16-for-19 from deep.

Aldridge wanted the ball both during the game, and after.

So as Westbrook piled up a career-high 24 assists (and only three turnovers), the teams engaged in a back and forth. The Thunder, who shot 51 per cent, are 9-2 when shooting 50 per cent or better. Shot 2-of-5 from the free throw line, so that's still a thing. Paul George scored 30 points and Grant added 25 points and 12 rebounds, but fouled out with 25 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Like Westbrook, he struggled after the third quarter, shooting just 2-of-9 in the fourth quarter and both overtimes. Ferg is now 11-of-14 from deep over the last two games. Outstanding effort from JG in this one. White finished with 23 points and Marco Belinelli made all five of his 3-point attempts while scoring 19 points for the Spurs, who have won seven straight at home. The ESPN broadcast said he had already been diagnosed with a sprained ankle, so his status for Saturday's rematch is worth monitoring.

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