NBA roundup: Aldridge’s 56 lead Spurs past Thun­der in 2 OTs

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LaMar­cus Aldridge poured in a ca­reer-high 56 points, and Der­rick White had a huge bucket, a blocked shot and a steal late in the sec­ond over­time as the San An­to­nio Spurs out­lasted the vis­it­ing Ok­la­homa City Thun­der 154-147 on Thurs­day.

Even with Aldridge’s per­for­mance and a record show­ing by the Spurs from be­yond the arc (hit­ting their first 14 3-point at­tempts), Ok­la­homa City never wa­vered. The Thun­der tied the game at 130 on a layup by Jerami Grant off a Rus­sell West­brook as­sist with 5.6 sec­onds to play in reg­u­la­tion.

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. Aldridge made 20 of 33 field-goal at­tempts. White added 23 points for San An­to­nio.

West­brook had his 13th triple­dou­ble of the sea­son, with 24 points, 13 re­bounds and a ca­reer­high 24 as­sists, also a sea­son high in the NBA. Paul Ge­orge led the Thun­der with 30 points, while Grant fin­ished with a ca­reer-high 25 points and 12 re­bounds be­fore foul­ing out mid­way through the sec­ond over­time.

Nuggets 121, Clip­pers 100 Nikola Jo­kic fin­ished with his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive triple-dou­ble — 18 points, 14 re­bounds and 10 as­sists — and Ja­mal Mur­ray scored 23 points as host Den­ver beat Los An­ge­les.

Ma­son Plum­lee had 17 points and 12 re­bounds, and Ma­lik Beasley scored 15 points for Den­ver, which has won seven of its past eight games. On Tues­day, Jo­kic put up 29 points, 11 re­bounds and 10 as­sists as the Nuggets won at Mi­ami.

To­bias Har­ris had 18 points and 11 re­bounds for the Clip­pers. Lou Wil­liams scored 19 points, and Danilo Gal­li­nari had 18 against his for­mer team.

Heat 115, Celtics 99

Dwyane Wade scored a teamhigh 19 points off the bench as host Mi­ami ended Bos­ton’s win­ning streak at four.

Kyrie Irv­ing led all scor­ers with 22 points for Bos­ton, which also had its streak of least 30 as­sists end at five games. Mi­ami had a sea­son­high 33 as­sists — 13 more than Bos­ton.

The Heat had six dou­ble-fig­ure scor­ers, in­clud­ing Josh Richard­son with 18 points. Jus­tise Winslow added 13 and a game-high and ca­reer-high 11 as­sists. The Celtics got 18 points from Mar­cus Smart and 17 points each from Mar­cus Mor­ris and Jayson Ta­tum.

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