OKC Thunder notebook: Reggie Jackson's struggles hurt in loss to Toronto

The OKC guard finished with six points on 1-for-11 shooting, missing all five of his 3-point attempts while dishing five assists against three turnovers.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 22, 2013
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photo - Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (10) gets by Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) as he shoots a lay up during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Oklahoma City won 107-95. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (10) gets by Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) as he shoots a lay up during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Oklahoma City won 107-95. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

A scorching hot month came to a screeching halt for Thunder guard Reggie Jackson in Sunday's 104-98 home loss to Toronto.

Jackson finished with six points on 1-for-11 shooting, missing all five of his 3-point attempts while dishing five assists against three turnovers. He played 21 minutes.

It was the worst shooting performance of Jackson's career.

“I was very frustrated with myself after the game,” Jackson said. “I sat there for a second on the walk back into the locker room. I'm going to be tough on myself, but I couldn't be mad. I got the same layup looks that I've been getting throughout the season. It's 82 games. They're not all going to go down. I guess it's one of those nights.”

Jackson entered the game averaging 14.9 points on 50.7 percent shooting in 12 December games.

“He had a lot of good looks,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He's been making his 3 this year. I don't know if he had a game like this ... this season and bits of last season. He's played good basketball for us, so 1-for-11 is something that we're not worried about. He's going to come back and bounce back and play much better the next night.”

HOME STREAK SNAPPED

After a record 13 straight wins at home to start the season, the Thunder saw its unblemished mark come to an end with an unexpected and disappointing loss to the Raptors.

“I just told the guys, ‘You've done a great job the early part of the season. We've done a great job of protecting our home court,'” Brooks said when asked his message to the team after the game. “I said, ‘Give them credit, they played a good basketball game. They hung around, and they won it at the end.'


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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