It means the Spurs enter the National Basketball Association record books for the most efficient shooting display from deep by going 84.2% with a minimum 15 attempts.
LaMarcus Aldridge had a career night in a double-overtime win over the Thunder. The ESPN broadcast said he had already been diagnosed with a sprained ankle, so his status for Saturday's rematch is worth monitoring.
Aldridge was 20 for 33 from the field and 16 for 16 on free throws in surpassing his previous career high of 45 points, which he set against Utah on March 23, 2018. The six-time All-Star scored seven points in double-OT to finally give the Spurs a victory that appeared over before a furious comeback attempt by the Thunder.
Aldridge entered Thursday with 17,704 career points.
On the back of another Russell Westbrook triple double, Oklahoma City refused to let the Spurs and their sharpshooters get away.
Belinelli made three consecutive 3-pointers in less than a minute in the opening quarter, and the Spurs made all 10 of their 3s in the first half to build a 16-point lead. "I felt good. I was just going". San Antonio took a commanding 13-point lead into the fourth quarter after shooting 61 percent in the third. There was a questionable technical foul called on Paul George and another call that negated a potential four-point play for Oklahoma City, but the final difference maker was Aldridge. But in addition to bullying anyone not named Steven Adams when around the rim and hitting nearly every mid-range jump shot he could, he was connecting on free throws.
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.
That set up a wild "finish" in which Grant's layup off a lob from Westbrook tied the game at 130 with 5.6 remaining, and DeMar DeRozan - one of the few players who didn't quite rise to the occasion - missed from midrange at the buzzer. After the Spurs essentially abandoned the 3-pointer after their hot start, White drained a 3 to put San Antonio up 129-126.
White finished the game with 23 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
As San Antonio looked to close things out in the fourth, his baseline turnarounds were too much for a depleted Oklahoma City frontcourt that was without backup center Nerlens Noel, and without Steven Adams for a stretch late, when he went to the locker room with an injury. Magic Johnson scored 17,707 points during his Hall of Fame career.