Celebrating a Decade with Lauren Jackson
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Kevin Pelton, | Aug. 5, 2010

All week long, will count down Lauren Jackson Top 10s, from her best photos to her best games, as part of our look back at her first decade in Seattle. The celebration culminates with Saturday's game against Tulsa. The first 4,000 fans will get LJ Bobbleheads, and all night long in-arena entertainment will be focused on No. 15. Get your tickets now! >>

Today, it's the best plays of Jackson's career.

Previously: LJ's Top 10 Games | LJ's Top 10 Moments


Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson celebrate after teaming up to beat the Mystics.
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May 31, 2001 - First career basket
During Jackson's Storm debut, she battled both nerves and Phoenix Mercury double-teams. It took 13 and a half minutes for Jackson to get on the board, but once she did, the floodgates opened. She finished with a game-high 21 points and has never looked back.


Sept. 27, 2004 - Putback helps Storm to first series win
During Game Two of a first-round series with Minnesota, the Storm trailed 41-39 when Jackson perfectly timed her run to the basket to rebound a Betty Lennox miss and put it back up and in with a single motion. The score tied the game and the Storm would end up pulling away down the stretch to sweep the Lynx and advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history


July 3, 2004 - Tripling up
Jackson's hottest start to a game came against Sacramento midway through the 2004 season. Jackson scored three-pointers on each of her first three shot attempts and added another bucket, scoring the Storm's first 11 points of a 75-61 victory at KeyArena over the Monarchs.


May 19, 2010 - Crucial putback against Minnesota
To complete a comeback over the Lynx in the second game of 2010, the Storm needed a late Jackson score. Her offensive rebound and score in the paint with 8.1 seconds left pushed the Storm's lead from one to three and forced Minnesota to try to tie the game from long distance. The Lynx missed and the Storm got the win.


July 12, 2008 - Blocks Candace Parker
As the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, Sparks forward Candace Parker entered the league as its next big thing. She got the better of the Storm in teams' first matchup in L.A., dunking late in a victory. Jackson was able to even the score when Parker visited KeyArena for the first time, emphatically blocking one of her shots early in the game. Parker finished with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting.


July 24, 2007 - Tying free throws at Washington
The biggest scores of Jackson's record-tying 47-point effort at the Verizon Center in 2007 came from the free throw line. With 3.2 seconds left in regulation, Jackson was fouled and went to the line for two shots. She made them both, tying the game and forcing overtime. The two free throws also pushed Jackson past the 40-point mark for the first time in her career.


Lauren Jackson scores the game-winner in Connecticut over Taj McWilliams-Franklin.
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July 17, 2004 - Saving block on Holdsclaw
Jackson scored 33 points in the Storm's overtime win at KeyArena over the Mystics, but her biggest play of the game was at the defensive end. With time running out and the teams tied at 73, Jackson blocked Chamique Holdsclaw's shot. The ball ended up in the hands of Sue Bird, who drove the other direction and ended up banking in the winning score with 2.6 seconds left despite having her back almost to the basket to avoid the defense of Alana Beard.


May 19, 2007 - Half-court buzzer-beater
The Storm's Opening Night 2007 win over the Houston Comets is best remembered for a 44-9 run that erased a deficit as large as 22 points and allowed the Storm to come back. Jackson would cap the game with a final score. Just before the buzzer, Jackson casually threw up a shot from a step inside half court. The shot found nothing but the bottom of the net, providing the icing on the victory.


Aug. 8, 2006 - Score sends Storm to the playoffs
Speaking of comebacks, the Storm nearly was on the wrong end of one in August 2006 in Detroit. The Shock, who trailed by as many as 25 points, recovered to tie the game in the closing seconds. It was Jackson who untied it with a driving layup with 10.6 seconds left. After a defensive stop, the score held up as the game-winner and allowed the Storm to clinch a trip to the postseason.


July 17, 2003 - End to end for the game-winning bucket
The first game-winning score of Jackson's WNBA career came in 2003 at Connecticut. Down one, the Storm had to go the length of the floor with seconds to go after inbounding the basketball. Jackson went the distance and finished the play off with a layup in traffic to put the Storm up 66-65. A wild sequence in the closing seconds saw Bird get a steal and split two free throws before Rita Williams took a charge just before the buzzer, securing the Storm win.