For Russell Westbook and Thunder, there's progress in a loss

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich jokes that Steven Adams'scares him

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a little bit of a funk with six losses in their last 10 games and they will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat after Thursday's tough loss to the Spurs. The Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on one days rest. LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored a career-high 56 points against the Thunder on Friday, finished this one with 17. Robinson had 71 points in 1994, while Gervin posted 63 points in 1978.

The San Antonio Spurs have been on a tear lately as they've won 14 of their last 18 games and they will be looking to stay hot after taking down the Thunder in a 154-147 double overtime win on Thursday.

LaMarcus Aldridge dropped a career-high 56 and Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 24 dimes and 10 boards as the Spurs pulled away in the final minute of the second overtime to down the Thunder. "I got going early in the third".

The Spurs' 154 points were the most they scored since putting 161 past the Denver Nuggets in 1990, while Oklahoma's 147 was just short of the 148 they scored in January previous year against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I had a good rhythm in getting to the rim and I just felt good out there". In percentage terms, that is a conversion rate of 84.2 percent, the most for any team that has attempted at least 15 three-pointers.

While DeRozan is leading San Antonio's backcourt, Aldridge is commanding the low block in spite of the league's trend to the three-point line. With a daunting matchup against the Warriors in round one, the Spurs exited the first round with just one playoff win and a sour taste in their mouths.

The last time the Spurs had a checkup was right after the November 28 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the worst losses this season. Isiah Thomas is the only other player in National Basketball Association history to record 24 points, 24 assists and 10 assists in a game, a feat he achieved in 1986.

Just a year ago, the San Antonio Spurs were stuck in a storm of uncertainty and panic with the franchise's star mysteriously sidelined along with rotating injuries to key contributors.

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