But for one night, it served as the icing to Durant's masterpiece. A feel-good shot for a much-maligned center who does the brunt of the team's defensive dirty work and shoulders an unfair amount of the offensive blame.
On Tuesday, he had one of his best performances of the year, forcing a majority of LaMarcus Aldridge's 10 misses in an inefficient 6-of-16 second half for the Portland superstar.
But this night will be remembered for his offense. For that brief and entertaining moment when Perk turned into Dirk, drilling a crucial and confident Nowitzki-esque 15-footer as his hometown fans looked on in horror.
“It's a great feeling,” Jackson said. “I can't think of too many people — anybody — that is more deserving. Especially for all the things he does and all the criticism he gets.”
“To see him get rewarded with that was pretty refreshing,” Durant said. “I'm riding with Perk until the wheels fall off.”