On Sunday night, Oklahoma City Thunder center and Pitt product Steven Adams had a productive game against the San Antonio Spurs, as he contributed 21 points and 14 rebounds to a 131-103 win. The victory was the team’s third straight, and it also saw Adams extend a streak of his own, as he matched a career-high by posting his fourth consecutive double-double.
Adams' streak began on Feb. 11, when he posted a modest 10-point, 10-rebound double-double in the Thunder’s 114-106 loss to the Spurs. Then, against the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 13, Adams helped his team notch a 123-118 win on the road by contributing 11 points and 11 rebounds. Three of those 11 points came on a one-handed halfcourt triple, the first three-pointer of Adams’ career, before the halftime buzzer in New Orleans.
Over the weekend, the 6’11” center took his game to a new level, as he poured in 19 points and neared a career-high with 17 rebounds, as the Thunder defeated the Denver Nuggets 113-101 on Friday night. And on Sunday, Adams posted his highest point total since Jan. 6 and reached the 20-point mark for just the second time since the start of the new year with a 21-point, 14-rebound double-double in the Thunder’s 131-103 win over the Spurs.
This is the fifth time Adams has strung together four straight double-doubles in his NBA career. He has never extended a double-double streak to five games up to this point in his career. The first time Adams posted four straight double-doubles was in 2015, between March 18 and March 24. He matched the feat between May 8 and May 16 in 2016. Then, he did it again between Jan. 13, 2018, and Jan. 20, 2018, and once more between Feb. 28, 2019, and March 5, 2019.
The Thunder are currently 35-22 and sit at sixth in the NBA’s Western Conference. The team will face the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, and in that matchup, Adams will have an opportunity to set a new career high with a fifth straight double-double.