And in the Thunder's season-high 40-point second quarter, which Popovich called the Spurs “demise,” Jackson was the catalyst. He scored 10 on 4-of-5 shooting, wearing out the Spurs' backcourt in much of the same way he did in OKC earlier this month.
In two games against San Antonio this season, Jackson has combined for 44 points on 18-of-28 shooting.
“He has been a big factor in both games,” Popovich said. “He has improved, sure, but his confidence level and his aggressiveness at both ends of the floor have been fantastic. He has been a real problem for us.”
But it's not just the Spurs. This dynamic, two-headed point guard monster has been torching teams regularly.
And it's a big reason the Thunder sits atop the West at 22-4, winners of 17 of its past 18, the best 26-game start for the franchise since moving to OKC.
“They are a great team,” Popovich said.
With a pair of great point guards.