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Best Game Ever: JJ Redick had 43 points in state title game

Pelicans guard JJ Redick celebrates a basket during the second half of a game against the Suns on Nov. 21, 2019, in Phoenix.
New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick celebrates a basket during the second half of a game against the Suns on Thursday in Phoenix.
(Matt York / Associated Press)

Dan Woike asked NBA players to tell us about the best game in their basketball career. This week: JJ Redick

March 16, 2002: Cave Spring 70, George Wythe 62

43 points (AAA Virginia state championship game)

On the cusp of being one of college basketball’s most polarizing players — a nice way of saying people hated him — JJ Redick turned in a performance that stands out more than any he had at Duke. He’s had great games as a pro and made huge shots for Orlando, Milwaukee, the Clippers, Philadelphia and, now, New Orleans. Redick scored 40 points in a game while holding hold James Harden to 20. But none of those games had high enough stakes for it to be his best game ever.

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“The best game I’ve ever played, given the stakes because we all know how important high school basketball is, was the state championship my senior year. I was playing on a bum foot, I had torn the attachment to my plantar fascia and had 43 points. I hit a bunch of threes. I can’t even remember if it was eight or nine (Note: He made eight). But I had 43 and we won the state championship. It was at Liberty University, about an hour and change from Cave Spring. We played George Wythe. They were, I think, 29-1 going into the game. And we had a sparkling record of 18-10. We played a national schedule that year ... and we took some Ls early. When the playoffs started we were 9-10 and we ended up winning the state championship.”


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