JR Smith Scores 51 in Loss Against Wilson Chandler’s Team In China
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Guangsha 96, Zhejiang 85: JR Smith scored an incredible 51 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists, but Wilson Chandler, Peter John Ramos, and Guangsha’s role players were too good to be beaten by one man. Chandler shot the ball poorly from the outside but made a variety of impressive takes to the rim on his way to 33 points and 12 boards. Peter John Ramos proved to be far too big a load for Josh Boone to handle; he finished with 23/14 to Boone’s 14/12. Ramos snatched a lot of Wilson’s misses from the outside and hammered them down with his powerful right hand.
Despite the loss, JR Smith’s individual dominance stretched from the moment he entered the game until the final buzzer. With his 18 field goals and 5 assists he played a role in 70% of his team’s baskets, and he was also responsible for 9 of Zhejiang’s 13 made freethrows. It was basically JR vs Guangsha today. Like I said, Boone couldn’t do a damn thing with Ramos, and Zhejiang’s role players were destroyed by Guangsha’s. Guangsha got 40 points from their Chinese players while Zhejiang got just 20. All eyes were on JR every single time he touched the ball, yet he still managed to pour in jumper after jumper. Unlike his 52-point game from earlier in the season, nothing was catch-and-shoot. JR created all of his own opportunities… he litterally did everything. His 51 came in 38 and a half minutes as he spent the first 8 minutes and 30 seconds on the bench (it’s standard procedure in the CBA to bring one of your two best players off the bench and let them go the rest of the way).