MEMPHIS — Reggie Jackson, ineffective most of this Western Conference playoff series, played the game of his life Saturday night to save the Thunder season.
The Thunder sixth man scored a career-high 32 points, including eight points in overtime, as the Thunder rallied for a 92-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies that evens the series at 2-2. Game 5 is at 8 p.m. Tuesday back in Oklahoma City.
For the third straight game, the Thunder needed a last-minute rally to force overtime. But unlike Games 2 and 3, the Thunder won this extra session.
Jackson’s 15-foot shot gave the Thunder an 84-83 lead early in overtime, and his two foul shots with 1:59 left gave the Thunder an 86-85 lead.
Kevin Durant put the Thunder in the lead for good, 88-87, with two foul shots with 1:02 to go. And Jackson’s four foul shots in the final 12.2 seconds kept the Thunder ahead. Memphis’ Mike Conley missed a well-guarded, desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Thunder survived a historic poor shooting night from its stars, Durant and Russell Westbrook. They combined to make just 11 of 45 shots. Durant scored just 15 points on 5-of-21 shooting. Westbrook scored 15 on 6-of-24 shooting.
But Jackson saved the Thunder. He scored the final five points in regulation, one on a rainbow 3-pointer with 59 seconds left and the tying basket, a runner with 30.6 seconds left. Memphis missed two shots in the final 10 seconds.
The Thunder victory keeps the same script as in 2011, when the Thunder lost in overtime of Game 3 at Memphis to go down 2-1 but won Game 4 in overtime to even the series at 2-2. The Thunder won that series in seven games.