Spurs become first to score 150+ since Suns in 2010
The San Antonio Spurs were not supposed to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder as menacingly good as they did Thursday night. After all, they were coming off a 96-86 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. But they did – and they even have over 150 points to show as evidence.
The Spurs bounced back from their loss in Memphis by taking down the Thunder to the tune of a 154-147 score, thus becoming the first team since the Phoenix Suns in 2010 to breach the 150-point mark in a game, per ClutchPoints.
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 11, 2019
Over a third of San Antonio’s points came from the hot hands of LaMarcus Aldridge, who played like a man possessed. Aldridge feasted on the Thunder’s interior defense, finishing the game with 56 points on 20-for-33 shooting from the field to go with nine rebounds, four assists, and four blocks in 49 minutes of court duty. He was also perfect from the charity stripe, sinking all of his 16 free-throw attempts.
While Aldridge did not try to take a single 3-pointer, it was his teammates, who provided the treys. The Spurs went 16-for-19 from deep, with Marco Belinelli coming off the bench to score 19 points on the strength of five 3-pointers.
Speaking of which, San Antonio’s second-stringers did their part in giving the team’s offense a huge shot in the arm, as Patty Mills and Davis Bertans chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively.
The Spurs, who entered the game ranked just 27th in the league with 102.7 points per game, will have a much-deserved rest on Friday before hitting the court again on Saturday with a rematch with the Thunder in Oklahoma City.