Russ (24 Assists) and Aldridge (56 Points) Both Post Career Nights in 2OT Thriller

True to this headline, this game was a shootout. While I unfortunately fell asleep shortly before Jerami Grant forced double overtime off of a Russ lob, it was a thoroughly entertaining game, showing just how good both teams are. It is slightly weird to see how the Thunder and Spurs have swapped roles, with the Thunder focusing on the defensive end and Spurs focusing on the offensive end. However, both Paul George and Russ made their cases in their respective Player of the Year races (DPOTY and MVP respectively), Paul locking up DeRozan and Russ going for a monster 24p-24a-13r triple double. Of course, Aldridge cannot (and was not) over-shadowed by this, shouldering the Spurs offense by posting and INSANE 56 point night, going 20-33 from the field and a perfect 16-16 from the free throw line.

This game saw a triple double (OKC) and three double doubles (2 OKC, 1 SAS) occur, and saw the Spurs break a three point record. Three players on the Spurs shot 100% from three (SG MArco Belinelli, PG/SG Bryn Forbes, SF/PF Davis Bertans), and if it wasn’t for Patty Mills (3-4) and Derrick White (1-3) missing a few, then they would have been perfect.

Highly recommend catching the next couple games and seeing how each respond to this game. The Spurs now sit at the 6th seed, snapping a losing streak. They continue the lighting they have caught in a bottle since the start of December. The Thunder, on the other hand, continue to struggle since the start of December, whose losing streak sits at three games. They have descended a bit in the standings, but now sit at the third seed, and may possibly be overtaken by the white-hot Trail Blazers (currently on a three game win streak). Both teams play each other tomorrow (1/12) at 8pm. Grab some buds and beers, this should be lit my dudes.

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