By: Jay Yeomans
Published: March 26, 2019
It was a wild night in Salt Lake City as Jimmer Fredette returned to the state where he earned his legendary status and created a lifelong obsession among throngs of fans.
That obsession was on full display at Vivint Smart Home Arena as Fredette played his first NBA game in the state in more than four years.
The ovation he received when he stepped on the floor was massive, as were the cheers he got when he touched the ball throughout the fourth, scored his first point and made his first shot from the field.
While many of the fans were clearly in his corner, Fredette struggled to find the range in the one-sided affair, finishing with six points as the Utah Jazz hammered the Phoenix Suns, 125-92.
He ended the night shooting 1-for-10 from the floor, including 0-for-5 from deep and 4-for-4 from the foul line. He also chipped in with a rebound, an assist and a steal in 14 minutes on the floor.
The House of Highlights Twitter account shared some video from Fredette’s night, including his first points and only field goal.
Not exactly the kind of showing that Fredette or his adoring fans were hoping for, but the reception he received will be something that he will remember for a long, long time.
It was also a memorable night for Jazz big man Rudy Gobert and Suns star guard Devin Booker.
Gobert set a new NBA record for dunks in a season while registering a monster double-double with 27 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field and 9-for-11 from the foul line. He added 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks in just 28 minutes on the court.
As for Booker, he shots the lights out on his way to a 59-point performance, connecting on 19 of 34 shots from the floor, 5 of his 8 3-point attempts and 16 of 17 from the foul line. His 59 points set a new building record in scoring.
Through two games, Fredette is averaging 3.0 points a game on the strength of 100 percent shooting from the foul line to go along with 1.5 rebounds in 9.5 minutes.
Fredette and the Suns will be back on the court on Wednesday as they return home to face the Washington Wizards.