Recap: Thunder 79, Pistons 75

Posted Jul 9, 2013 6:01 PM

Dan Savage,

After a relatively quiet start to the 2013 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson certainly made his presence felt on Tuesday by delivering a record-setting performance.

The Thunder point guard erupted for 23 of his summer-league record 35 points in the fourth quarter to give Oklahoma City a thrilling 79-75 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Jackson was incredible down the stretch, coming through with the go-ahead driving dunk with 1:48 left and then following it up with four game-sealing free throws in the final 13.1 seconds.

"It would not have been possible with out my teammates encouraging me to shoot and encouraging me to keep going," Jackson said.

As a first round pick for Oklahoma City in 2011, Jackson has played a number of meaningful minutes for the Thunder, including filling in admirably for Russell Westbrook in last season's playoffs.

While some players might look down on participating in summer league after being on such a big stage, Jackson is attempting to make the most of this opportunity.

"I'm trying to use it as a springboard just to work on some things that I've been working on this summer," Jackson explained. "Trying to get better and trying to get better as a leader."

The Thunder were able to erase a 14-point deficit and emerge with a win also due in part to production from Dwight Buycks and Steven Adams.

Buycks scored 13 points, including a clutch trey with 32.7 seconds left, while Adams managed to tally 11 points and six boards.

Despite the loss, two key members of Detroit's youth movement made the case that they're ready to step up to the plate and aid in the Pistons push for the playoffs this upcoming season.

First round pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope fired off 14 of his 19 points in the second half and center Andre Drummond posted 12 points and 11 rebounds.

After struggling from the floor in his first two summer league contests, Caldwell-Pope went an efficient 6-for-13 from the floor, while flashing the takeover ability that made him the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Oklahoma City will hit the court again on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET when it takes on the Brooklyn Nets. After having one day off, Detroit will return to action on Thursday to face the Miami Heat at 1 p.m. ET.