Reggie Jackson on his convo with Steven Adams late: "He said a few words, I said a few words." pic.twitter.com/k2dOuBuoWk— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 30, 2016
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Reggie Jackson had a late dunk to put Detroit up five. Then Russell Westbrook fumbled away a crucial turnover. A few moments later, Westbrook clawed the Thunder back in it with a desperation three.
But Jackson, the Palmer High School graduate from Colorado Springs, sealed the Pistons' 88-82 win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night with four clutch free throws.
And as the final seconds ticked down, the disgruntled Thunder reserve turned Pistons starter soaked in every moment of the win against his former team. He skipped and gyrated down the sidelines. Hands in the air, he pleaded for more noise from the home fans. Then he turned to the visiting bench and shot a sly glance at his former teammates.
They took obvious exception to it.
“Yeah I did,” Westbrook said. “I thought it was some real b------- for our team and our organization. I don't like it at all. But it is what it is. We'll see him down the line. We'll take care of that when we get there.”
For the Thunder, the loss meant nothing as OKC essentially is locked into the third seed.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan rested Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka against Detroit. He trotted out unused Josh Huestis for his first meaningful minutes and treated his rotation like a preseason testing ground.
But for the Pistons, this was a huge victory, shooting them up to the seventh seed in the East as they fight for their playoff lives. So Jackson's exuberance had its merits. After an overall poor night — 4-of-15 shooting, four turnovers — Jackson closed strong and outplayed Westbrook in the final moments.
Russell Westbrook on the Reggie Jackson celebration: "It was some real bullsh**" pic.twitter.com/tSS6os9bKY— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 30, 2016
Steven Adams on the Jackson celebration: "Says a lot about him" pic.twitter.com/o2o3C0w3WP— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 30, 2016