OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson flashes improved shot, leads Thunder to preseason win

Jackson nails all three of his 3-pointers en route to a team-high 18 points and an easier-than-the-score-indicates 88-82 preseason victory over Utah.
by Anthony Slater Published: October 20, 2013
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And a bounceback game, too. This performance, which also included six assists, three rebounds and no turnovers, came on the heels of a disappointing late-game showing on Thursday.

In a 105-102 loss to New Orleans in Tulsa, Jackson missed two shots and committed a turnover on three of the game's most crucial possessions.

“I felt like I let my team down,” Jackson admitted. “I gotta get better, especially late-game, figuring things out.”

But on Sunday, he made sure no late-game heroics were needed.

Jackson controlled the game from the tip, smoothly taking advantage of the Jazz's depleted backcourt. And when he left the game for good after three quarters, the Thunder held a commanding 79-62 lead.

“I thought he played well in (Thursday's) game, but he was disappointed in himself,” Kevin Durant said. “He came out today and you could tell he watched film and learned from his mistakes. I'm happy for him because he's a smart player, a smart person and he gets it. He makes adjustments quick.”

And that includes his improved 3-point shot, which could become a key for the Thunder offense this season, with it likely to be open on a consistent basis.

“It's just something I worked on to make people and defenses respect me,” Jackson said. “But I'm all about getting to the basket, making plays for the defense and making plays for myself.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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