LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-best 56 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs battle to a thrilling 154-147 double-overtime win over Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
Thursday night's scores
- Oklahoma City Thunder 147-154 San Antonio Spurs (2OT)
- Boston Celtics 99-115 Miami Heat
- Los Angeles Clippers 100-121 Denver Nuggets
- Detroit Pistons 102-112 Sacramento Kings
Oklahoma City Thunder 147-154 San Antonio Spurs (2OT)
LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a career-high 56 points and Derrick White had a huge bucket, a blocked shot and a steal late in the second overtime as the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 154-147 on Thursday night.
Even with Aldridge's performance and a record showing by the Spurs from beyond the arc, Oklahoma City never wavered, tying the game at 130 on a lay-up by Jerami Grant off a Russell Westbrook assist with 5.6 seconds to play in regulation.
San Antonio's DeMar DeRozan had a chance to win the game at the end of the fourth quarter but missed a short jumper at the buzzer.
Steven Adams left the game midway through the fourth quarter with a twisted left ankle but came back to rattle home a dunk off yet another Westbrook dish with 25.5 seconds to play in the first overtime, again tying the game.
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DeRozan got another chance to win the game in the final seconds of overtime but missed again.
White got inside for a lay-up with 3:32 to play in the second extra period to give the Spurs a 146-143 lead. He then blocked Grant from behind on a dunk attempt almost two minutes later to keep San Antonio in the lead.
Two free throws by Paul George with 40 seconds left in the second overtime brought the Thunder within two points before Aldridge converted a pair from the charity stripe with 25.2 seconds left to all but cement the game.
Aldridge finished 16-of-16 from the free-throw line, and the Spurs made their final 23 foul shots to end up 26-of-29. Aldridge made 20-of-33 field-goal attempts.
White added 23 points for San Antonio, with Marco Belinelli hitting 19, DeRozan scoring 16, Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills tallying 14 each, and Davis Bertans recording 12.
Westbrook had his 13th triple-double of the season, scoring 24 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and distributing a career-high 24 assists, which were also a season-high in the NBA this year. He did not score over the final 18 minutes of the game.
George led the Thunder with 30 points, while Grant finished with a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out midway through the second overtime. Terrance Ferguson added 21 points, Adams racked up 19 and Dennis Schroder had 14 points for Oklahoma City, who lost their third game in a row.
The Spurs made their first 14 three-point attempts, the most consecutive threes to start a game in the NBA since 1999.
Boston Celtics 99-115 Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade scored a team-high 19 points off the bench to lead the host Miami Heat to a 115-99 win over the Boston Celtics.
Boston point guard Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 22 points, but the Celtics had their four-game win streak broken.
The Heat held Boston to 40.4 per cent shooting and outrebounded the Celtics 51-37 with a 46-30 edge in paint points. They also recorded a season-high 33 assists - 13 more than Boston.
The Heat, who evened their record at 20-20, had six double-figure scorers, including Josh Richardson, who scored 18 points.
Justise Winslow, Miami's recently converted point guard, added 13 points and 11 assists, a game-high and career-high mark.
The Celtics also got 18 points from Marcus Smart and 17 points each from Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum.
Miami ended the second quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 61-43 lead into half-time. The Celtics trailed by as many as 26 points in the third quarter before closing on a 26-11 run.
Miami carried an 83-72 lead into the fourth quarter and Boston never seriously threatened.
Los Angeles Clippers 100-121 Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic finished with his second consecutive triple-double - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists - and Jamal Murray scored 23 points as the host Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 121-100.
Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Malik Beasley scored 15 points for Denver, who have won seven of their last eight games.
Tobias Harris had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 19 points and Danilo Gallinari had 18 against his former team.
Los Angeles scored the first two baskets of the third quarter to make it a seven-point game and force Denver to use a timeout, but the Nuggets took control after that, going on a 12-2 run to lead 77-60.
The Clippers committed two turnovers, missed five field goals and Gallinari missed a pair of free throws during Denver's surge.
Montrezl Harrell had a dunk and lay-up to get Los Angeles within 82-71 late in the period, but an alley-oop by Plumlee and a three-pointer by Trey Lyles put Denver ahead 93-76 heading into the fourth quarter.
Denver increased the lead to 21 early in the fourth and the Clippers could never really threaten. Jokic completed his fifth triple-double of the season with a baseball pass to Lyles for a lay-up that made it 111-90.
Detroit Pistons 102-112 Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield, De'Aaron Fox and Iman Shumpert hit three-pointers in a 13-2 game-opening flurry as the Sacramento Kings never trailed while rolling past the visiting Detroit Pistons 112-102.
Hield led seven Kings in double figures with a game-high 18 points as Sacramento took advantage of Pistons standout Blake Griffin having the night off to rest with an emotional meeting with his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers, set for Saturday.
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.
Hield had five of the 13 points in the early burst for the Kings, who went on to lead by as many as 15 points in the first quarter and 22 in the second.
The Pistons got no closer than 17 in the third period and never inside the final 10-point margin in the fourth en route to their seventh loss in their last eight games.