The Oklahoma City Thunder will get a chance to redeem themselves quickly after suffering a crushing double-overtime loss in San Antonio on Thursday. The Thunder will try to exact some revenge when they host the Spurs in the conclusion of a home-and-home set on Saturday.
Thursday's meeting was an instant classic as San Antonio power forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 56 points on 20-of-33 shooting while adding nine rebounds and four blocks to lead his team to a 154-147 victory. "Well, he's been a beast all year long," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters of Aldridge. "He anchors us on both ends of the floor. He's been fantastic, and obviously he had a great night." The Thunder dropped their last three games but was pleased with the effort on Thursday. "It just shows everybody wants to win, that everybody will do whatever it takes to win a basketball game," Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook told reporters. "It's a tough place to play, a tough night, but we'll see them again on Saturday, so we'll be ready to go."
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBATV, FS Southwest (San Antonio), FS Oklahoma LINE: Thunder -3.5
ABOUT THE SPURS (25-18): San Antonio shot 36.1 percent from the floor, including 11-of-27 from 3-point range, in a 96-86 loss at Memphis on Wednesday but proved that was a fluke while shooting 56.6 percent the next night. The Spurs went 16-of-19 from 3-point range against the Thunder, setting an NBA record for the highest percentage (84.2) by a team with at least 15 attempts from beyond the arc. "That was fun to be a part of," point guard Patty Mills, who knocked down 3-of-4 from 3-point range, told reporters. "I didn't realize we had been making as many as we made until after the game."
ABOUT THE THUNDER (25-16): Aldridge wasn't the only player making history on Thursday as Westbrook recorded 24 points, a career-high 24 assists and 13 rebounds to mark the second 20-10-20 game of his career. Westbrook is the only player besides Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson to post multiple 20-10-20 games and he is averaging 21.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 10.7 assists. "(Westbrook) is one of those dudes, mate, who attracts so much attention," Oklahoma City center Steven Adams told reporters. "He does a good job of finding players and whatnot. You have to respect him because he's a really good player."
1. Spurs PG Derrick White scored a career-high 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting on Friday.
2. Adams left Thursday's game with an ankle injury and is day-to-day.
3. San Antonio fell in both of its visits to Oklahoma City last season.
PREDICTION: Thunder 121, Spurs 117 Bet Now
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