Spurs set historic 3-point shooting mark in 1st half vs. Thunder

San Antonio Spurs' De Mar DeRozan left and Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook chase the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday Jan. 10 2019 in San Antonio

"This is one of those nights", he said.

Gregg Popovich won his 1,222nd career game as a head coach and surpassed Jerry Sloan for third in all-time National Basketball Association coaching wins following the San Antonio Spurs' 154-147 double-OT win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

San Antonio opened its 154-147 win by setting the National Basketball Association record for the most consecutive makes from three before a miss. "He anchors us on both ends of the floor. Obviously, he had a great night".

It was the first meeting of the year between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, and it was one to remember.

Aldridge finished 16 of 16 from the free-throw line, and the Spurs made their final 23 foul shots to end up 26 of 29. The Spurs also shot 16-19 from deep, the highest 3-point percentage ever for a team with more than 15 attempts.

During one stretch in the first quarter, Marco Belinelli knocked down three 3-pointers in a span of less than a minute.

Two free throws by Paul George with 40 seconds left in the second overtime brought the Thunder within two points before Aldridge converted a pair from the charity stripe with 25.2 seconds left to all but cement the game. "I was just trying to help us get the win".

But even with all that, this was still the Aldridge show.

The game featured a career-high 56 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, which is the most points for a Spurs player since Tony Parker scored 44 points in 2008, and the most points without a 3-pointer since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.

The Brodie. Russell Westbrook was unreal in San Antonio, scoring 24 points, dropping a career-high 24 assists, grabbing 10 rebounds, and shooting 11-of-22 from the field. He finished 5-5 from 3-point range and scored a season-high 19 points.

"For him to just be a real professional and find ways, that's what he's been doing since then, just finding other ways", Mills said of Aldridge. But he goes and bangs.

Aldridge certainly found it early in this game. George and Westbrook again struggled shooting, combining to go 1-of-7 in the first overtime - but Grant and Adams scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting to keep pace with Aldridge and the Spurs.

Now they get a different version of the back-to-back. It's incredible this game is as close as it was considering how well they shot the ball.

"I was just complaining about (not scoring 50 points) like two weeks ago", Aldridge said. I'll put [the ball] in my little trophy case at the house. It was San Antonio's most to start a game since it made its first 11 against Sacramento in 2002.

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