Reggie Jackson scored 35 points, including 23 in the fourth quarter, as the Oklahoma City Thunder summer league team came storming back to beat the Detroit Pistons 79-75.
Jackson’s 35 points were an Orlando Summer League record. He went 7-for-7 from the field in the fourth quarter and scored or assisted on 26 of OKC’s final 28 points. The Thunder would outscore the Pistons 36-21 in the final quarter.
Only two other Thunder players were in double-figures. Rookie Steven Adams started at center and had 11 points. Dwight Buycks had 13 points and three assists off the bench as he continues to impress.
Jeremy Lamb, Daniel Orton and Perry Jones did not play in the game.
It’s only a summer league game but Jackson did show just how talented he is and what he can be capable of. We saw it in spells last year during the season and quite a bit in the playoffs after Russell Westbrook got hurt.
I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Jackson takes a huge leap next season and emerges as the Thunder’s sixth man and gets a lot of crunch time minutes. Jackson plays great defense too which has earned him the respect of head coach Scott Brooks. His improvement as a scorer will only give Brooks more of a reason to play him.
The Thunder are 3-0 so far in the summer league. Their next game will be tomorrow at noon CST.