Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Reggie Jackson had an incredible night scoring 23 in filling in for the injured Russell Westbrook as the Oklahoma City Thunder subdued the Houston Rockets 104-92 Thursday at Toyota Center.
Kevin Durant topscored for the Thunder with 36 while Serge Ibaka had 21 points and 15 rebounds.
The Thunder used a big third quarter to erase a 12-point deficit and tie the score entering the fourth. The teams stayed within a basket after that until Jackson scored five points, including a banked three-pointer in a 7-0 run with 4:13 left to give the Thunder a 97-89 lead.
Oklahoma City stretched its advantage to 103-92 on a fast-break dunk by Jackson with 1:18 to go.
After scoring 73 points in the first half, the Houston Rockets were held to just 19 in an epic second half collapse.
The Rockets’ disparity in point production between halves is the largest in NBA history and its 19-point second half is tied for the second-fewest points in a second half in NBA history.
Jackson also filled in for Russell Westbrook after the latter was injured in last season’s playoffs and is now savoring the role once again.
Over his last five games, he is averaging more than 20 points and has shown poise through his playmaking ability and willingness to share the ball. He is a team player with the ability to make big shots as well.