In the NBA Developmental League on occasion two teams will meet on back to back nights at the same location. Saturday night the Westchester Knicks took the floor with the Siuox Falls Skyforce 24 hours after dropping 128-117 decision to the Skyforce who ran their league best record to 22-4 with the win.
In the Friday night game Jimmer Fredette scored 36, and going into last night I’m sure Siuox Falls made adjustments to keep the Glens Falls native in check.
I’m sure those adjustments were sound in theory, but when the game started reality set in as Fredette dropped 37 points in Weschester’s 110-100 victory.
On display Saturday night was Jimmer’s shot making ability and the 6’2″ guard didn’t waste any time in getting started.
In the first period Fredette opened with a deep three, scored at the rim, hit a spinning J off three shot fakes, and bottomed back to back floaters in traffic to finish the quarter with 11 points.
Resting for a good portion of the second frame, a transition three, and a lay-up gave Jimmer 16 points at halftime with the Knicks holding a 54-48 lead.
In the third Fredette opened with a back door layup, buried a wing triple, hit a step through baseline jumper off multiple fakes, and closed the quarter with a three from the top as Westchester’s lead ballooned to 86-71.
After resting the first four minutes of the fourth and watching the lead dwindle to six, Jimmer scored 11 points down the stretch on a floater, a wing three, a gliding jumper off one leg, and four free throws helping the Knicks secure the “W”.
Let’s not forget on back to back’s you become very familiar with your opponent’s sets and individual preferences,and you know that Siuox Falls game-planned to stop, or slow down Jimmer last night. Didn’t happen.
Fredette reached into his shot-making bag of tricks, hitting on runners, floaters, and spinners, as well as showing his prowess to score from deep entertaining all in attendance and those watching at home.
Seventy three points, in 24 hours against the league’s best team. A pure scorer who got it going, and that’s a beautiful thing to see.