Jackson perhaps supplied Ibaka's motivation when he posted a message to his Twitter account on Dec. 7 threatening to fight Ibaka if the two happened to get tangled up the next time their teams met. In the first meeting between these teams this season, baka and Jackson were called for a double technical foul for jawing. No funny business took place Monday.
Jackson posted his message after Ibaka and Metta World Peace, Jackson's former teammate who was formerly known as Ron Artest, had an on-court altercation in the Thunder's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ibaka again declined to discuss the matter Monday.
“I respect your job, but I don't want to talk about (it),” Ibaka repeated when asked if Jackson's comments fueled his performance. “It was a great win for us. We need it. It's about (the) win, the team win.”
Jackson, who returned to the lineup Monday after missing 14 straight games because of a finger he fractured Nov. 19, chose to focus his post-game comments on team, too.
“I'm leaving that alone,” said Jackson when asked if the two exchanged words. “It's all basketball. Whatever was said on the court is going to stay on the court and I'm going to leave it alone. I wish Serge the best.”
Jackson then commended Ibaka.
“He hurt us bad,” Jackson said. “He had, what, 18 in the first half, 16 in the first half? He was hitting everything. That's the same way we lost last year in the playoffs, by him hitting those same shots. I take my hat off. He played a great game tonight.”