NBA roundup: Aldridge’s 56 lead Spurs past Thunder in 2 OTsReuters #18_PointsJanuary 12, 2019
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.
Even with Aldridge’s performance and a record showing by the Spurs from beyond the arc (hitting their first 14 3-point attempts), Oklahoma City never wavered.
The Thunder tied the game at 130 on a layup by Jerami Grant off a Russell Westbrook assist with 5.6 seconds to play in regulation.
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.
Paul 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.
Nuggets 121, Clippers 100
Nikola Jokic finished with his second consecutive triple-double — 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists — and Jamal Murray scored 23 points as host Denver beat Los Angeles.
On Tuesday, Jokic put up 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Nuggets won at Miami.
Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 22 points for Boston, which also had its streak of least 30 assists end at five games.
Miami had a season-high 33 assists — 13 more than Boston.