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Jimmer Fredette taken second in D-League draft by Westchester

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Jimmer Fredette will try to resurrect his NBA career from Westchester.

The Westchester Knicks — an affiliate of the New York Knicks — selected Fredette with the No. 2 pick in the D-League draft on Saturday. Fredette will have to make the roster through training camp, although that seems likely (especially considering his marketing draw). He will join a Westchester team with Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Darnell Jackson, J.R. Inman and others.

The No. 1 pick was former Spur power forward Jeff Ayres, taken by Idaho.

Fredette had been invited to Spurs training camp this season, which seemed a great landing spot because they have rejuvenated the careers of shooters before. However, he did not make the cut on the deep, veteran roster. Rather than chase a larger paycheck in Europe, he decided to go the D-League route.

A former lottery pick, through Fredette’s four-year NBA career he has struggled to find a role. Some of his wounds were self-inflicted — he turned off coaches and scouts by saying he should have the ball in his hands (like college), but he lacks the playmaking skills or athleticism to create shots at the NBA level. He was slow to adapt to an NBA game. However, the biggest issue has been defense — he struggles mightily on that end of the floor.

Maybe he can show improvement and prove his doubters wrong at the D-League level, earning another chance at the NBA level. Guys who can shoot are always in demand. But Fredette has a lot of work to do before NBA teams turn back to him as an option.

Former Thunder player Perry Jones III went third in the draft, followed by Cartier Martin, both selected by Iowa.

Stephen Curry drops 53 on Pelicans in Warriors’ win (VIDEO)

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Stephen Curry brought the tricks and the treats to New Orleans on Halloween night. There were the insane passes, and there were the shots over fellow superstars.

In the end, Curry was the show — 53 points, 28 of which came in the third quarter — as the Warriors moved on to 3-0 with a comfortable 134-120 win over New Orleans. Curry was getting space to get off his shots (12 of his 27 shots were uncontested, according to NBA.com’s Sports VU tracking numbers; he hit 10). Part of that was he was shooting threes from Baton Rouge, and part of it was New Orleans’ defense is a mess.

But when Curry gets going, this is the shot chart you get.

Curry shotchart vs. Pelicans

Suns induct Steve Nash into their ring of honor

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Steve Nash spent 10 years as a member of the Phoenix Suns — that was the franchise that drafted him out of Santa Clara, and it was at that franchise where he and Mike D’Antoni started a basketball revolution that is still sweeping the NBA today.

But rather than me tell you the numbers trying to explain what Nash did in the Valley of the Sun, why not check out a Suns’ highlight package of Nash.

That’s why on Friday night the Suns inducted Nash into their Ring of Honor.

Above you can see part of the ceremony, and here you can see the clearly moved Nash thank the fans and organization with his induction speech.

Kobe Bryant passes Shaq for fifth all time in NBA field goals made

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Kobe Bryant has made 11,334 shots now over the course of his NBA career.

With that little putback bank you see above, Bryant moved past his former teammate Shaquille O’Neal into fifth all-time in field goals made in the NBA. (He would be sixth if the NBA counted Dr. J’s ABA stats, but the league doesn’t officially.)

It’s another in a long line of honors for Kobe as he winds down his career. This is a guy who always knew how to get buckets, who needed just a sliver of space to get by or over a defender and make them pay, a player whose fundamentals and footwork were always impeccable. He’s going to hit a few more milestones before he hangs them up.

Curry has 25, Warriors rout Rockets in West finals rematch

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HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 25 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 112-92 on Friday night in a rematch of the Western Conference finals.

Curry listened to the crowd frequently rain down “MVP! MVP!” chants on Rockets guard James Harden. But Curry outscored him 25-16 and got the win again, just as he did in the real MVP vote and in the Warriors’ five-game victory that sent them to the NBA Finals.

The reigning champions improved to 2-0 while the Rockets fell to 0-2.

Harden struggled with his shot for a second straight game. The MVP runner-up finished 4 of 18, including 1 of 10 from 3-point range, but added seven rebounds and five assists.

Dwight Howard had nine points and seven rebounds for Houston in his first game after serving a one-game suspension for getting a fourth flagrant foul in the postseason.

Emotions ran high in a game that felt more like a playoff game than the second one of the season. The frustrated Rockets were called for two technical fouls, while the calm and collected Warriors cruised to their second straight victory under interim coach Luke Walton, who is filling in for Steve Kerr as he recovers from back surgery.

Curry added seven rebounds and six assists. Marreese Speights had 14 points, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes both had 12, and Klay Thompson had 11.

Barnes set the tone early when he drove around Trevor Ariza and slammed a powerful one-handed dunk over Howard. Golden State led 30-29 after a physical first quarter behind Curry’s 12 points.

The Rockets missed six of their first seven shots and turned the ball over five times in the opening five minutes of the second. Draining one jumper after another and pouring on points in transition, Golden State ran off to a 57-44 halftime lead.

The Warriors finished the third quarter with a thunderous block from Festus Ezeli, denying Corey Brewer a layup with less than 5 seconds remaining. A desperation 3-pointer from Harden clanked off the rim, and the Rockets entered the fourth quarter in a 16-point deficit.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Houston committed 16 turnovers, while Golden State had just seven. Rookie PF Montrezl Harrell had 11 points and three rebounds off the bench. . PF Donatas Motiejunas remains out indefinitely after back surgery in April.

Warriors: C Andrew Bogut did not travel with the team after suffering a concussion in the season opener. Bogut received stitches for a laceration above his right eye after the opener. … Rookie F Kevon Looney sat behind the team in a suit as he continues to recover from right hip surgery.