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SACRAMENTO -- Jimmer Fredette scored a career high 14 points in a 108-98 loss to Chicago Thursday in Sacramento.
Fredette was one of the first players off of the bench for the Kings and played 24 minutes including the entire fourth quarter.
Sacramento got behind early, trailed by double digits for most of the game and by as many as 15 at one point. In the final period, Jimmer hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to nine with just under three minutes to play and forcing the Bulls to take a timeout. The Kings would cut the lead to seven with a Tyreke Evans dunk but were not able to get closer than that.
"They have a very good team and know how to win basketball games," said Fredette. "They know when it's time to go when we were hoping to take the lead."
Fredette made 2-of-5 three pointers and looked to take his shots more often, something that Kings coach Paul Westphal has been encouraging Jimmer to do.
"I think he's a little too nice," Westphal told Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee Wednesday. "I think he's probably trying to fit in a little too much. Everybody on the team knows he can shoot the ball and wants to see him shoot the ball. He has to know that it's OK, and he's feeling his way. He's played two preseason games and two NBA games and I think he's done very well."
Jimmer leads all rookies in scoring in two preseason games averaging 16.5 point per game and seems to be getting more comfortable on the court.
"I'm just trying to play my game, fit into the system, be able to get others involved and try to be aggressive myself," Fredette said. "It's definitely different coming in to try to find your new role, but he wants me to be aggressive scoring the basketball, and if that's what he wants, that's what I'll do."
Thursday Fredette looked panicked and confused when he found his way in the lane without a plan and on the defensive end trying to guard reigning MVP Derrick Rose. There's still plenty of room for improvement but Fredette appears to be off to a good start.