OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson delivers as Thunder crushes Nuggets

Jackson, starting in place of a resting Russell Westbrook, played Denver poing guard Ty Lawon to a virtual draw on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 24, 2014 at 10:56 pm •  Published: March 24, 2014

Brooks has made similar statements about Jackson since the Thunder’s win at Chicago. Perhaps non-coincidentally, that’s when the Thunder’s current four-game winning streak began.

Westbrook was held out for rest in two of those wins.

“He’s played well as a starter, and he’s played well as a guy coming off the bench,” Brooks said of Jackson. “He’s going to have to do that for a few more games. But I thought tonight’s game was one of his better floor games. He really got the guys involved and got them good looks.”

Jackson scored eight points with three assists in the first period, tag-teaming with Durant to pick apart the Nuggets defense. The two combined for seven of the Thunder’s 10 assists on 15 made field goals in the period.

Jackson was even better in quarter two.

He dished another five assists in his 10 minutes of work in that period, putting him one shy of his previous career high of nine assists.

With quality ball movement leading to balance, the Thunder opened a 41-24 lead after one quarter. OKC’s scoring total in the quarter tied a season-high for any period.

By halftime, the Thunder held a 72-58 lead that grew as large as 22.

Durant finished with 27 points while adding four rebounds and eight assists. Caron Butler came off the bench to score 23, his most in a Thunder uniform, and Serge Ibaka added 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

The Thunder will now travel to Dallas to face the Mavericks on Tuesday night. Westbrook will be back in the lineup.

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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