Jimmer Fredette the Westchester Knicks in scoring again, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Oklahoma City Blue 116-92 In the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
The Blue got their first win on the season thanks to a roster loaded with NBA players on assignment, including Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis and Cameron Payne.
While they had big-time additions to the roster in the matchup with the Knicks, it was two regulars who did most of the damage in the victory. JP Tokoto led the way with 24 points on 11 for 12 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc to go along with five rebounds in 31 minutes. Marquis Teague also had a big night with 22 points on 8 for 14 shooting from the floor and 5 for 6 from the free-throw line with three assists and two steals.
Payne and McGary had solid outings as well. Payne totaled 19 points on 8 for 18 shooting with seven assists and four steals while McGary had 10 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots.
Dakari Johnson added 12 points and nine rebounds while Talib Zanna chipped in with 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.
While Fredette was the leading scorer in the game, he didn’t have a great night. He finished with 25 points on 9 for 24 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 8 from 3-point range and 3 for 3 from the free-throw line. He also had four rebounds, two assists and a steal, but managed a game-high six turnovers in 33 minutes.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Sean Marshall reached double figures for the Knicks as well as they fell to 7-2 on the year. Antetokounmpo had 17 points on 7 for 10 shooting from the floor with six rebounds, four assists and three steals while Marshall registered 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes.
Travis Trice II managed nine points on 1 for 8 shooting from 3 point land with four rebounds, three assists and two steals while Jordan Bachynski put up nine points on 3 for 5 shooting with three rebounds and three blocks.
Darion Atkins and Ben Strong made some solid contributions off the bench. Atkins had six points, seven rebounds and four assists while Strong totaled eight points on 4 of 5 shooting from the floor with six rebounds and two blocks.
Fredette started out the game with a rough first quarter where he totaled just two points on 1 for 4 shooting with two turnovers. The second quarter wasn’t any better as he managed just three points on a 3-point play in the lane, but shot 1 for 6 from the field and had two more turnovers.
He started off the third quarter with his first 3-point shot of the night, but then missed five of his next six shots. He finished the period with seven points on 2 for 7 shooting from the floor and 2 for 2 from the line with two rebounds and an assist.
He finally found his shooting stroke in the fourth quarter and went on a nice run. After he missed his first attempt, he made five straight shots, including three shots from beyond the arc to finish the quarter with 13 points.
Thru four games, Fredette is averaging 27.5 points on 47 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.9 percent from beyond the arc and 92 percent from the free-throw line. He also puts up 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals in 38.8 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Knicks is a matchup with the Grand Rapids Drive on Thursday night.