ORLANDO, Fla. — Reggie Jackson scored an Orlando Pro Summer League record 35 points in the Thunder's 79-78 win over Detroit on Tuesday.
Jackson scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, including 18 straight for the Thunder inside the final seven minutes. He scored or assisted on 26 of the Thunder's final 28 points.
Jackson went 12-for-19 from the field, making two of six 3-pointers and nine of 11 foul shots in 29 minutes.
“Mr. October was hitting home runs from those 3s, too. He wasn't going for the singles. He was going for the home runs,” said first-year Detroit coach Maz Trakh, who coached Jackson with the Thunder the past two seasons. “I'm real happy for Reggie. I've been with Reggie for 2½ years, and I know he's capable of doing that.”
The previous Orlando summer league record for points in a game was shared by former Brooklyn Nets guard MarShon Brooks (2012) and former Magic guard Travis Diener (2006).
With his record, Jackson atoned for his poor performance Monday, when he scored only four points on 2-for-7 shooting with four rebounds, four assists, four fouls and seven turnovers in 17 minutes.
“Reggie had a good fourth quarter,” said Thunder coach Rex Kalamian. “But the thing I'm trying to preach with him, and even this team is that consistency is the key. One quarter, one play, doesn't make our game. Our effort, our focus, has to be persistent and consistent throughout the game.”
Oklahoma City struggled through three quarters for the second straight day before again rallying with a dominant fourth quarter. The Thunder outscored Detroit 36-21 in the final period to move to 3-0 this week.
With the win, the Thunder earned another five points in the summer league standings, three for the win and two for winning the second and fourth periods. OKC now has summer-league leading 14 points going into Wednesday's noon game against Philadelphia. The two teams with the most points will play in the championship game on Friday at 11 a.m. Central.
Dwight Buycks added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Thunder. Steven Adams, the 12th overall pick scored 11 points with six rebounds. Thunder forward Andre Roberson, the 26th pick, had a team-high 10 rebounds.