Even before Game 6 tipped off, it seemed like Wednesday was going to be A Stephen Jackson Night. With his San Antonio Spurs facing elimination at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the man who once legendarily claimed to "make love to pressure" capped a pregame TNT interview with a confident jaw-jut/bobblehead-nod combo that'd make Kobe Bryant jealous, clearly eager for the moment as he headed back to warm up. Then he came out and started raining. Captain Jack came off the San Antonio bench to coolly knock down four first-half 3-pointers, informing the TNT broadcast team that the Spurs weren't going anywhere, showcasing a Cheshire cat grin after finding the bottom of the net and telling anyone who'd listen how much fun he was having as he helped pace San Antonio to a 15-point halftime lead. Of course, as you know, all of it — that dominant moment, that 15-point lead, that grin — disappeared in what seemed like the blink of an eye. OKC opened the second half with an 11-2 run to get within six at the 7:48 mark of the third quarter, followed that with a 19-12 spurt to take a lead with 1:39 left, and went into the fourth down just one point. From there, Scott Brooks' squad stormed to a 107-99 win, a 4-2 series victory, an NBA finals berth and perhaps the dawn of a new era of greatness.
Stephen Jackson explains why the Thunder beat the Spurs
Yahoo! Sports | Jun 7