Jackson is not the shooter that Harden or Martin are, but he's a primo driver who can get to the basket and score when he does. Like Harden, Jackson knows angles. He's also much more athletic than either Harden or Martin.
Brooks went with a small lineup to open the fourth quarter — Jackson, Nick Collison, Kevin Durant, Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher.
The Timberwolves tried to corral Jackson with defensive specialist Corey Brewer, a big wing, but it didn't work.
Jackson scored on three straight possessions — a 19-foot jumper, a drive and a 3-pointer — to boost the Thunder lead to 91-87. A few minutes later, he scored on back-to-back possessions to pad the lead to 103-90.
“It's just another dimension that they have,” Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. “They can go big and small. That's what makes them a great team. You just have to deal with it.”
And the NBA might just have to deal with the Thunder being back in the sixth-man business.
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