The D-League was a good choice for Jimmer Fredette, and all it took was one game to prove it!
He had a performance reminiscent of his time at BYU in his first game in a Westchester uniform as the Knicks came from behind to knock off the Grand Rapids Drive 102-90 in the Westchester County Center on Monday night.
He finished with 37 points on 12 for 17 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 5 from beyond the arc and 11 for 12 from the free-throw line. He added a game-high eight assists, four rebounds, a steal and plenty of highlight reel plays in 40 minutes of action.
He got out to a fast start with 10 first-quarter points, including the first two baskets of the game on a pair of pretty lay ups.
After handing out three assists and grabbing two rebounds, he got back into the scoring column when he got in the lane and drew contact while finishing at the rim for a 3-point play. He added another 3-point play on a driving scoop shot less than a minute later to help the Knicks close the deficit to 23-19.
Following a slow second quarter that saw him make just 1 of 3 shots, he caught fire in the second half. He start his scoring barrage with his first 3-point shot of the night from the top of the key. After a nifty turn-around midrange jumper and a pair of free-throws, he made his second 3-pointer of the quarter to give the Knicks a 62-60 lead.
The fourth quarter was much of the same as he totaled 12 more points as he showed his entire offensive repertoire on a mix of driving lay ups, free-throws and deep jumpers.
Cleanthony Early and Travis Trice II also had solid outings as the Knicks improved to 6-0 on the season. Early totaled 19 points on the strength of a 4 for 8 shooting night from beyond the arc to go along with 13 rebounds and two steals while Trice managed 15 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 6 for 6 from the line. He added four rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.
Lorenzo Brown and Devin Ebanks carried the scoring load for the Drive, who fell to 2-4 with the loss. Brown had 23 points on 9 for 19 shooting from the floor with five steals, four assists and three rebounds while Ebanks chipped in with 22 points on 8 for 22 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds.
Henry Sims also totaled a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Up next for Fredette and Westchester is a Wednesday morning matchup with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The Mad Ants are 4-3 on the season, but are winless in two road games.
They are led by former Syracuse stars Rakeem Christmas and C.J. Fair. Christmas is averaging 17.9 points on 48.6 percent shooting from the floor with 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while Fair chips in with 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals.