- Associated Press - Sunday, April 27, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Reggie Jackson came off the bench and outscored teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook by himself. The Oklahoma City Thunder needed every point from their top reserve to win yet another overtime game against Memphis.

Jackson scored a personal playoff-best 32 points, and the Thunder beat the Grizzlies 92-89 Saturday night, tying up their first-round Western Conference series at two apiece.

Reggie played an outstanding basketball game,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “He was able to attack and finish around the rim like he’s done all year, and I knew he would bounce back … He’s done a great job of coming in and giving us that lift offensively when we needed it as a sixth man.”

The Thunder sure needed him to avoid going back home in a 3-1 hole after three straight overtime games.


Jackson had only scored 15 points combined in this series, but the guard shook off his shooting woes by hitting 11 of 16. Durant and Russell Westbrook, who struggled through their worst scoring game of the series with a combined 11 of 45 and 15 points apiece.

He said a few made layups finally got him going. Jackson said Durant and Westbrook were allowing him to play.

“They told me to just keep going and be aggressive,” Jackson said.

The Thunder blew a 14-point lead with Memphis, and the Grizzlies blew a third straight fourth-quarter lead themselves. Jackson tied up Memphis with five straight points in the final minute of regulation, and he hit all six free throws in overtime as the Thunder survived an extra period with seven lead changes.

“They’re running plays for him with Durant and Westbrooks spaced out,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. “If you’re going down, my hat’s off to them, both guys did a great job, and Reggie Jackson did a great job just being in attack mode.”

Durant’s two free throws with 1:02 left in overtime put the Thunder ahead to stay.

“One of the things I was pleased about was the way Russ and KD took a backseat tonight and let Reggie take over,” Thunder center Kendrick Perkins said. “That says a lot about them also.”

Game 5 is Tuesday night back in Oklahoma City.

Mike Conley missed a 26-footer just before the buzzer that could have forced a second extra period. Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka also blocked a Tony Allen shot with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to keep the Thunder alive for overtime.

The Thunder won for only the second time in seven playoff games in Memphis, and this was just their second in eight overtimes with the Grizzlies since the start of the 2010-11 season. Oklahoma City also snapped Memphis‘ franchise-record 15-game winning streak.

Ibaka added 12 points for Oklahoma City. The Thunder outrebounded Memphis 58-49 and got 12 offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter and overtime combined.

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