Aldridge scores 56 as Spurs nip Thunder in 2 OTs

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The matchup went into double-overtime and packed the energy and intensity of nothing short of a high-stakes playoff game, with the Spurs ending up on the winning side of an astronomical 154-147 scoreline. These teams meet again Saturday in Oklahoma City. His 56 points were the third-most in Spurs history, behind David Robinson's 71-point game in 1994 and George Gervin's 63-point game in 1978.

The Spurs' big man shot 20-for-33 from the field and a flawless 16-for-16 from the free throw line to become the ninth player to break the 50-point threshold this season, along with Golden State Warriors trio Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

"He's been a beast all year long", San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said of Aldridge. While his usage is down from a year ago, Aldridge has done a great job of growing as a player in the latter stages of his career.

That's what LaMarcus Aldridge's Portland Trail Blazers teammates used to shout when Aldridge got the ball - usually in the mid-range or in the post - before he devoured his opponent. With that being said, I think the Thunder bounce back with a statement win at home in this one. 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. "I had a good rhythm in getting to the rim and I just felt good out there".

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He made a huge block on Jerami Grant in double overtime and caught an elbow in the process. Plus a small cut on the left side of his forehead that was taped up.

Spurs lead the three-game season series 1-0.

The Spurs were absolutely on fire from 3-point range in this game, though, as they went a flawless 10-for-10 from beyond the arc in the first half.

DeMar DeRozan struggled from the floor, only hitting 7 of 22 shots, but he still managed to finish with a double-double, 16 points and 11 assists. He finished 5-5 from 3-point range and scored a season-high 19 points.

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Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Malik Beasley scored 15 points for Denver, which has won seven of its past eight games.

Of the 10 Spurs who saw action, seven of them scored in double figures.

Stanley Johnson had a team-high 16 points for the Pistons, who were playing the second half of a back-to-back after losing 113-100 in Los Angeles to the Lakers on Wednesday night. 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.

Dwyane Wade came up clutch down the stretch as he led the Heat with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting to get Miami back to.500.

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They head for Oklahoma City for a rematch Saturday night.

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