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.