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Today, it's the best games of Jackson's career.
Aug. 11, 2002 vs. Utah - 27 points, eight blocks
Against the Utah Starzz and 7-2 center Margo Dydek, the WNBA's all-time leading shot blocker, Jackson put on a shot-blocking clinic of her own, swatting away eight shots, still a career high and the franchise record. Dydek and Lisa Leslie are the lone players in WNBA history with more than eight blocks in a game. Jackson added 27 points at the offensive end, but this performance really stands out for the result - the win clinched the Storm's first playoff berth.
Jackson scored big in Phoenix in May 2006.
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July 5, 2008 vs. Minnesota - 34 points, seven rebounds
Finding her rhythm under first-year Head Coach Brian Agler, Jackson exploded for back-to-back 30-point efforts in the Storm's first two games of July. The second saw her score a season-high 34 points on just 22 shot attempts, making 15 of them. She added seven boards as the Storm crushed the Minnesota Lynx 96-71 at KeyArena.
Aug. 17, 2007 vs. Los Angeles - 32 points, 15 rebounds
Jackson closed out her second MVP campaign with a big outing against the lowly Sparks, who were headed to the lottery without the injured Leslie. Jackson showed no mercy, pounding the Los Angeles frontcourt for 32 points and 15 rebounds in a 20-point Storm win. She went to the free throw line 16 times, tying a career high, and made a career-high 15 of those attempts. Both marks are also franchise records.
May 25, 2006 at Phoenix - 35 points, nine rebounds
In the Storm's first matchup against the Mercury after Paul Westhead installed his up-tempo attack, it was Jackson who stole the show, scoring what was then a career-high 35 points in just 26 minutes of action as the Storm cruised to a win in Phoenix. Jackson shot 13-of-22 from the field and a perfect 9-of-9 from the line, adding nine rebounds.
July 14, 2010 at Phoenix - 31 points, 18 rebounds
Jackson was supposed to ease her way back into the lineup in the Storm's first game after breaking for The Stars at the Sun, which she missed (along with the Storm's last game before the break) due to a concussion. Instead, the Storm ended up playing three overtimes before coming up with the 111-107 victory, keeping Jackson on the floor for more than 47 minutes. She led the way in the highest-scoring game in team history with 31 points and pulled down 18 boards, the second-highest total of her career.
Aug. 6, 2003 vs. Los Angeles - 34 points, 13 rebounds
A Sparks team playing without Lisa Leslie and DeLisha Milton-Jones was simply overmatched against Jackson, suffering what was at the time the worst loss in franchise history by a 92-56 final. Jackson was the catalyst, scoring a then-career-high 34 points on 17-of-23 shooting. The 17 field goals set a new WNBA record at the time. Jackson made 11 of them and scored 22 of her points in the first half before resting with the game well in hand.
Jackson's performance against the Mystics was arguably the greatest in WNBA history.
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Oct. 1, 2004 at Sacramento (Game 1) - 31 points, 13 rebounds
The Storm lost Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in overtime to the Monarchs, but it wasn't for a lack of effort from Jackson. In the best postseason outing of her career, she scored 31 points, which tied for second on the all-time playoff scoring list. Jackson also added 13 rebounds against a physical Sacramento frontline.
July 31, 2003 vs. Charlotte - 23 points, 20 rebounds
During the 14-year history of the WNBA, just eight players have posted "20-20" games - at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. Jackson turned the feat during her first MVP campaign, grabbing a career-high 20 rebounds against the Sting at KeyArena and adding 23 points..
Aug. 18, 2009 at Detroit - 36 points, seven rebounds
On its own, Jackson's performance against the Shock was impressive enough. She scored the most points she's ever had in a non-overtime game in a 79-75 Storm road win against a good, veteran team. Jackson shot 14-of-24 from the field and knocked down four three-pointers. She also made key defensive plays down the stretch. What made the performance all the more remarkable is that Jackson pulled it off while playing with a painful stress fracture in her back that had not yet been diagnosed. The stress fracture would end her season the following week.
July 24, 2007 at Washington - 47 points, 14 rebounds
Not only was Jackson's effort in D.C. against the Mystics the best effort of her career, you could argue that no WNBA player has ever had a greater performance. Jackson tied the WNBA scoring record with 47 points, and while she had the benefit of overtime, she'd already scored 41 by the time the extra session tipped off. She added 14 rebounds, part of a better-rounded performance than most high-scoring outings. Jackson shot 18-of-28 from the field, setting a WNBA record for field goals, and scored inside (a pair of threes) and out (nine free throws). At one point during the second half, she scored 23 out of 27 points scored by the Storm. The only blemish to the performance was that the Storm could not get enough stops against Washington and fell 97-96.