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Thunder-Grizzlies: With Kevin Durant struggling mightily, Reggie Jackson's heroics bail out OKC

OKC 92, MEMPHIS 89 (OT) — Reggie Jackson’s career-high 32 points gave the Thunder a way to tie the series 2-2 even with a sub-par performance from Kevin Durant.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 27, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) celebrates with Russell Westbrook (0) and Serge Ibaka (9) after Game 4 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) celebrates with Russell Westbrook (0) and Serge Ibaka (9) after Game 4 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

His final four points came on free throws in the last 13 seconds to extend the Thunder’s lead to three each trip.

Durant, standing in front of his bench as Jackson stood at the stipe with three seconds remaining, could barely watch. He turned his back to Jackson and spoke with a Thunder assistant coach on the first attempt. He kneeled over and snuck a peak at the second.

When he saw it splash in, Durant gave a fist pump.

When Grizzlies guard Mike Conley missed a contested potential game-tying 3 just before time expired, Durant ran over to Jackson, sucked him into his arms and refused to let him go.

Jackson’s performance also made up for a 15-point night by Russell Westbrook, who went 6-for-24 from the floor.

Durant and Westbrook combined to miss 11 of 13 3-pointers and turn it over 12 times.

For Durant, it was his third straight struggle in this series.

In the last three games, Durant is shooting 27 of 76 from the floor. He’s 6-for-27 from 3-point range.

“KD got great looks,” Brooks said. “It was just one of those nights. The ball was bouncing in and out…I feel for him because he was doing everything right and setting himself up to get good looks.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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