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Jackson gives Lakers something to think about in Breakers romp

Published: 10:40PM Thursday December 13, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

If the LA Lakers are indeed considering Cedric Jackson for an emergency call-up, his performance in the NZ Breakers' 97-76 home win over Cairns Taipans tonight might become compusory viewing for NBA executives.

Two weeks after his show-stopping triple double against Melbourne, the American point guard again grabbed the spotlight with a 32-point display that left his opponents grasping at dust most of the night.

While the beleaguered NBA franchise may end up looking a little closer to home for backcourt relief, Jackson's form will again have the drums beating for a chance in the big time.

After their big road loss in Sydney last week, the Breakers needed a strong showing to get their Australian NBL threepeat back on track and responded emphatically, behind their star import.

They entered the match without American centre Will Hudson, who suffered suspected concussion against the Kings and sat out as a precaution.

The Taipans began strongly, jumping out to an early lead and still holding their own early in the second quarter. That was when Jackson took over, sparking a 10-2 run that carried his team clear and providing 11 in a row for the Breakers - they included a three-pointer and a three-point play.

The lead reached double figures late in the period and when they scored the final seven points into halftime, the defending champions had the game well in hand. They had shot a sizzling 63% from the field and 5/7 from the arc, and barely let up after the break.

A six-point run after the restart took the advantage to 20 and while Cairns threatened to mount a comeback down the stretch, cutting their deficit to 15 early in the four quarter, Jackson and Tom Abercrombie reeled off 11 straight points to stretch the margin back out to 29.

Without Hudson, starting centre Alex Pledger was called upon to play extended minutes and responded with 13 points, four rebounds and three blocks, while veteran Dillon Boucher - celebrating his 200th outing for the Breakers and 350th in the ANBL - chipped in 10 points and five assists. Jackson added eight assists, five rebounds and three steals to his scoring haul.

American Jamar Wilson, charged with trying to control Jackson, led Cairns with 18 points, but his team seemed to run out of ideas how to help him with his defensive assignment.

"I was just trying to be aggressive," said Jackson. "The lane was wide open for me and I give the guys in my team a lot of credit for working hard to keep the lane open.

His name was tweeted by CBS NBA analyst Ken Berger this week as a possible solution to the star-studded Lakers' struggles, as they currently languish out of the playoff race in the Western Conference.

"I heard a little bit about that," grinned Jackson. "But I just wanted to stay focused on the game plan - everything will play out for itself and I don't worry about that.

"i just wanted to do my job here and take care of business with the Breakers."

The North Shore-based club heads into Christmas with a 9-3 record, currently locked in a three-way battle with Perth Wildcats and Wollongong Hawks. Those two rivals go head-to-head tomorrow night.

Breakers 97 (Jackson 34, Pledger 13, Boucher 10) Cairns 76 (Jamar Wilson 18, Shane Edwards 15, Dusty Rychart 15)