LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 39 points on 19-for-23 shooting as the San Antonio Spurs snapped a two-game losing streak with a 121-112 win over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
The Spurs led by eight heading into the fourth quarter and never allowed Oklahoma City to get closer than five points the rest of the way.
When Aldridge is on his game, the Spurs win. In San Antonio’s five victories this season, he has averaged 25 points per game; in its three losses, he has managed just nine points per contest. Last season, Aldridge scored a career-high 56 points against Oklahoma City.
Dejounte Murray added 17 points, eight rebounds and a career-best 10 assists for San Antonio in the win. DeMar DeRozan hit for 16, Bryn Forbes scored 14 and Patty Mills racked up 10 points for the Spurs.
Danilo Gallinari led the Thunder with 27 points on 7-for-10 shooting (5 of 6 from beyond the arc), with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander adding 21 points, Chris Paul contributing 19, Hamidou Diallo and Dennis Schroder scoring 11 each, and Steven Adams totaling 10 points for Oklahoma City.
The Thunder led by as many as seven points in the first half before settling for a 57-56 advantage at intermission. Gallinari paced Oklahoma City with 14 points, and Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Thunder over the first 24 minutes of play.
Aldridge led all scorers at the half with 19 points and made all nine of his two-point shots during the first two quarters. San Antonio also got 12 points from DeRozan in the half and 10 points and seven assists from Murray.
The Spurs took the lead early in the third quarter and were up just 87-84 with 1:01 to play in the period before a 3-pointer by Mills and two free throws from Gay allowed San Antonio to grab an eight-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes.