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LaMarcus Aldridge reveals what he’s going to do with ball from career game

LaMarcus Aldridge had his cake and ate it too, scoring a career-high 56 points in a thrilling double-overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. The San Antonio Spurs big man was clutch in his first-ever 50-point game, and now has plans to commemorate the best statistical game of his career by adding the official game ball to his collection.

“I have some people in Dallas that design (memorabilia) for me, and I will put it in my little trophy case at the house,” said Aldridge, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “First 50-point game for me, so I am definitely going to add that ball to the collection.”

Aldridge went 20-of-33 from the field (60.6 percent) while going a perfect 16-of-16 from the foul line, adding nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks in 49 minutes of playing time.

The Spurs needed Aldridge to have this type of game-ball worthy performance with DeMar DeRozan struggling from the field (16 points on 7-of-22 shooting), and the Spurs have now won six of their last seven games and jumped back into playoff contention.

San Antonio (25-18) is sixth in the West, merely half-a-game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the fourth spot in a very tight Western Conference.

Aldridge is having a nearly-identical season as the one he had in 2017-18, averaging only 2.5 points less than last year, now sharing the spotlight with DeMar DeRozan as the team’s leading scorer.