LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a career-high 56 points, and that was just one of the eye-popping stat lines in the most exciting game of the NBA season.
Aldridge went off Thursday night to help the San Antonio Spurs outlast the Oklahoma City Thunder, 154-147, in double overtime, the most combined points in a game in 12 years, according to Elias Sports. Aldridge had the second-highest individual performance in the league this season and the first 50-point outing by a Spurs player since Tony Parker on Nov. 5, 2008.
Aldridge shot 20-of-33 from the field and 16-of-16 on free throws, adding nine rebounds and four blocks in 49 minutes. Derrick White scored a career-high 23 points as San Antonio hit its first 14 shots from 3-point range and finished 16-of-19 from deep.
“He’s been a beast all year long,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Aldridge. “He anchors us at both ends of the floor. He did it last year, and he’s doing it this year, too. He’s just been fantastic. Obviously, he had a great night.”
Added White: “He carried us. It was fun to watch.”