LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 56 points and helped the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 154-147 win in a double-overtime on Thursday night.
Aldridge’s previous highest point was 45 set in the Spurs' 124-120 overtime victory over the Jazz on March 23, 2018. He became the first Spurs player to surpass Tony Parker’s 55 against the Minnesota Timberwolves in November 2008.
The top on the Spurs list is David Robinson's 71-point game in 1994 followed by George Gervin's 63-point game in 1978.
Aldridge, who made 20 of 33 field-goal attempts at the AT & T Center, became the ninth player to join the NBA’s 50-point club this season. The other players are Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Kemba Walker, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and James Harden, who is the only player with multiple 50-point games in 2018-19.
Derrick White added 23 points for the Spurs, while Marco Belinelli and DeMar DeRozan made 19 and 16 points respectively.
For the Thunder, Russell Westbrook finished with an incredible triple-double with 24 points, 24 rebounds and 13 assists to become the first player in NBA history to post those numbers in the same game. Paul George scored 30 points and Grant added 25 points.
Westbrook’s triple-double made no difference as the Thunder lost their seventh straight in San Antonio.