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Remembering When JR Smith Was The MJ of China | 52pts, 22rebs, 11 3pts, 7stls In A Game

Published on September 9th, 2015 by Astramskas, David | 15,608 views

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Today is JR Smith’s birthday and I wanted to revisit a specific game or moment in Smith’s very unique career for this special day.  The obvious choices for games were either his playoff career-high night (28pts w/ 8 3-pointers) in GM1 against the Hawks or when he broke the Knicks 3-point record with 10 3-pointers (NBA record 22 attempts) in 2014.  If I was going to go with a memorable moment then either his “you trying to get the pipe” tweet or maybe something about his shoelace fetish.

Nah, instead I’m going to go with a game from his 2011 adventures in China. An adventure that included everything from game winners, a “season-ending” knee injury, family vs fans fights, unexcused shopping and one Wilt-worthy performance: 52 points, 22 rebounds, 11 3-pointers & 7 steals

After this GOAT like performance some people were calling Smith “The MJ of China.” What made this label so fitting was Smith was was wearing #23 in honor of Michael Jordan. Possession?

So how does the MJ of China top a performance like that or live up to the nickname? 2 months later, he connected on 14 of 18 from downtown and finished with 60 points….off the bench!  He also had 8 rebounds and a game-high 6 steals because when you wear #23 you need to play defense too.

Smith would hang up the #23 and return to reality (the Knicks) later that year and that’s when many of those pre-mentioned great moments and games happened.

But on this day, his birthday, i’m forgetting about what he’s done in the NBA and celebrating the day(s) he was China’s MJ.

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32 Games
36.8 Minutes
34.4 Points
7.4 Rebounds
4.1 Assists
2.5 Steals
0.1 Blocks
4.2 Turnovers




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