By: Jay Yeomans
Published: November 11, 2018
In a performance you will not believe, Jimmer Fredette had the game of his life, but it wasn’t enough as a Pierre Jackson 3-pointer in the final second sent the Beijing Fly Dragons home with an epic, and I mean EPIC, 137-136 win over the Shanghai Sharks on Sunday.
Fredette finished with a career-high 75 POINTS (that is not a typo) including 62 points in the second half and 40 in the fourth quarter. And he did it in remarkably efficient fashion, connecting on 24 of 34 shots from the floor, 7-for-10 from the 3-point line and 20-for-21 from the foul line. To top it off, he added eight rebounds (two of the offensive end), seven assists and four more steals in 43 minutes.
Trailing by 16 at the break, Fredette flipped the switch and went off like few in the basketball world could ever do, dropping 62 second-half points in a ridiculously fun match up with former Baylor guard Pierre Jackson.
As hard as it is fathom, Jackson answered with 63 points of his own, including 48 in the second half on 20-for-35 from the field, 13-for-22 from 3-point land and 10-for-11 at the foul line.
Back to Fredette, who was AS HOT AS EVER in the second half, getting to the basket at will where he finished at the rim, drew fouls or both. He was also deadly wherever else he decided to let it fly in the magical performance.
Fredette started out the second half with a lay up to cut into the double-digit deficit before converting on a short jumper. Then he drained a three and got to the basket for another lay-in, but Jackson continued to answer.
Jimmer scored again to close the gap to 11, but the Fly Dragons went on an 11-4 run to push the lead back to 18. But Fredette clearly was just getting started as he hit three mid-range shots, a pull-up three and got a steal that he finished at the other end to make it a 10-point game.
The fourth quarter was the stuff of legend for Fredette who dropped 40 of the Sharks’ 48 points including an early run where he registered 20 of the first 22 points to make it a one-point game.
Fredette converted on two free throws before adding a 3-point play thanks to a really tough finish while drawing the foul. Then he went to work from the outside, connecting on a triple before knocking down four more foul shots.
The former BYU star then went FULL JIMMER with back-to-back deep threes before getting back to the charity stripe where he hit another pair.
Not so shockingly, Fredette wasn’t even close to done showing what he could do.
Jimmer knocked down all three free throws after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt before dishing out an assist to make it a four-point game. He then added another short shot, four more free throws and a lay-up as the Sharks tried to keep pace in the high-scoring affair.
Fredette carried the Sharks down the stretch – like he had the entire night – scoring nearly every time down on short jumpers, lay-ups and free-throws as the Sharks went on a 9-0 to turn a seven-point deficit into a two-point lead in the final 10 seconds.
The only mistake Fredette made was giving Jackson enough time to answer, and the scoring machine delivered with a buzzer-beating three to give the Fly Dragons the win.
The Jimmer Watch YouTube channel shared some great highlights of the game.
Luis Scola added 27 points 11 rebounds and four assists in the loss as the Sharks dropped to 7-3 on the season.
Shavlik Randolph contributed a strong showing for the Fly Dragons with 25 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals in 28 minutes of work.
While it wasn’t the result that Fredette or the Sharks wanted, it was definitely one of those games that few who witnessed it will ever forget.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 38.3 points on 53.8 percent shooting from the floor, shooting 49.5 percent from beyond the arc and 96.4 percent from the free-throw line. He also chips in with 5.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.9 steals in 40.9 minutes a night.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a battle with the Shandong Golden Stars on Tuesday.