The most interesting game of the season spiced up with unreal numbers and moves on both sides. In short, that is the description of last night’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder, played at AT&T Center.
The home team managed to get on top of Thunder 154-147, after two overtimes, and a thrilling ending which was marked with LaMarcus Aldridge. The veteran center scored 7 points in the decisive, second OT, and posted a career-high 56 points against the divisional opponent.
5️⃣6️⃣ points and a double OT win.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) January 11, 2019
Spurs were almost unreal from behind the three-point line missing only three of their 19 attempts, but making
all of their first 14 shots, setting the new franchise record, which will be tough to surpass anytime soon.
The game was decided with Derrick White’ssuperb defensive effort when he blocked Jeramy Grant’s dunk, at 148-144 for the Spurs, with 1:42 until the end. It gave a chance for the hosts to increase their lead, but DeMar DeRozan lost the ball. Still, the time went by, nobody scored for more than a minute after that, and it turned out to be the essential move of the game.
DERRICK WHITE CLUTCH BLOCK!
— Matchup Brasil 🇧🇷 (@MatchupBR) January 11, 2019
Aldridge also had 9 rebounds, four blocks and 16 straight hits from the free throw line. White had 23 points, 8 assists and 5 boards. DeRozan didn’t have his night, shooting 7 of 22 and delivering only 16 points and missing two potential game-winners, at the end of the regulations and the first overtime.
The x-factor in some cases was Marco Belinelli who finished the match with 5 of 5 behind the arc and 19 buckets.
OKC was constantly behind. Since the first quarter the guests found themselves trailing 10 or more points, but in the last period, the Thunder made a 19-6 run and leveled the score at 114 each. However, they couldn’t match the high-flying Spurs offense.
Russell Westbrook once again had one of his bursts with a superb triple-double, 24 points, 24 assists and 13 rebound. Paul George had a team-high 30 points, while Jeramy Grant added 25. Terrence Ferguson helped with 21.
In just two days time, these two teams will meet again, only this time in Chesapeake anergy Arena in Oklahoma.
Is there any chance of seeing another fabulous game like this one?