Behind LaMarcus Aldridge’s career-best 56, Spurs outlast Thunder in 2OT

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich jokes that Steven Adams'scares him

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich jokes that Steven Adams'scares him

Dennis Schroder scored all of his 19 points in the second half to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-112 today.

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.

But it was Oklahoma City's bench that played the biggest role in helping the Thunder break out of their slump.

The Spurs have won six of seven and 14 of 18 to close within a game of the Thunder for third place in the Western Conference.

Aldridge had seven points in the second overtime and White added four points, a steal and a critical block of Jerami Grant at the rim with San Antonio up 148-144 with less than two minutes remaining.

The Spurs' big man shot 20-for-33 from the field and a ideal 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.

Two nights after going 16 of 19 from behind the 3-point line, San Antonio struggled from behind the arc in the return game of the home-and-home.

LaMarcus dropped a career-high 56 points, 16 of which came from his flawless free-throw shooting on the night. These teams meet again Saturday in Oklahoma City. The win snapped Oklahoma City's three-game losing streak and Schröder's personal three-game funk, which had lingered into the first half against the Spurs.

At one point in the first quarter, Marco Belinelli hit three straight.

Russell Westbrook has had quite a few crossovers during his career, but we haven't seen anything quite like what he did to Marco Belinelli Saturday night in some time. Schroder's layup at the third-quarter buzzer put the Thunder up 86-80.

DeRozan finished with 16 points and 11 assists, but shot 7 for 22 from the field.

The Thunder scored 21 points off 14 San Antonio turnovers while only turning the ball over seven times.

Spurs: Aldridge has 17,758 career points, passing Magic Johnson for 78th on the NBA's career list.

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