“I was all right. I was frustrated with myself for not knowing the situation, but I knew I’d be all right,” Jackson explained. “I was probably like Serge. You see often times he just wants to scream and get all of his emotions out. That’s what I told (my teammates). ‘Just let me have a good two or three screams and just move past it.’”
Jackson responded with eight more points in overtime, the last four coming at the foul line inside the final 13 seconds. Each trip extended the Thunder’s tenuous lead to three. The late foul shots only enhanced Jackson’s already impressive resume as a clutch free throw shooter.
“The work I’ve been putting in my entire life,” Jackson explained when asked about his poise in those moments. “Putting in time and understanding that all you can do is miss or make. No matter what fans say, I know my teammates understand I’m not trying to go miss. I’m doing my best to make them and just live with the results after that. So I just go in with a mindset that I’m going to make each and every free throw and if not so be it.”
Jackson on the Thunder-Grizzlies series — “I think this is a great matchup for T.V. ratings. Neither team really goes away. We continue to find our way somehow to overtime. It’s just a great battle.”