The end of the game is Reggie Jackson time. It's fitting that the latest evidence happened in Brooklyn, home to one-time vanity partial owner Jay-Z because this was a Takeover.
And to paraphrase Mr. Carter, The Nets were bringing a knife to a gunfight.
The Nets were up three with 2:15 to go when Jackson imposed his will. He scored the tying basket on a cold-blooded 3-pointer, the go-ahead basket on a nice dish to Andre Drummond under the basket, the stay-ahead basket on an off-balance, 15-foot, one-handed runner and the turn the lights out basket on a slick crossover that led to an improbable floater.
To paraphrase Nas, who penned one of the all-time great response tracks with Ether, Jackson's statement was loud and clear: I. Will. Not. Lose.