Reggie Jackson sparks OKC Thunder past Sacramento

by Anthony Slater Published: December 3, 2013

— Isaiah Thomas had the ball in his hands with the game on the line.

And on a late Tuesday night in Sacramento — with Thomas scorching hot down the stretch — that wasn't an appealing proposition for the Thunder.

“The little guy got hot,” Scott Brooks said. “And we couldn't turn it off.”

That is, until the final possession, when Russell Westbrook stood up the Kings' lightning quick 5-foot-9 point guard on the perimeter, forcing Thomas into a contested jumper.

It clanged off the rim, sealing a narrow 97-95 Thunder victory over the pesky Kings and extending OKC's league-best win streak to eight.

BOX SCORE: THUNDER 97, KINGS 95

Thomas was the star in crunch time, coming off the Kings bench to score 21 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter. He kept the game interesting when it was on the verge of getting out of hand.

But it was another sixth man, possibly one of Thomas' lead competitors for the league's yearly award, who was one of the key reasons OKC had that lead to nearly blow in the first place.

In 31 minutes, Reggie Jackson had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Solid, but not monster numbers from OKC's emerging third-year guard, until you look at the most telling statistic: Jackson had a game-high plus/minus of plus-16.

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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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