Jimmer Fredette won the battle between the best two scoring guards in China as the Shanghai Sharks knocked off the Shanxi Dragons 108-89 on Sunday.
Fredette led the way for the Sharks on the offensive end of the floor for the ninth straight game, finishing with 38 points on 16 for 29 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 10 from beyond the arc and 2 for 2 from the free-throw line. He added eight assists, eight rebounds and a steal in 41:30 of action.
Former Mountain West Conference foe Jamaal Franklin totaled 32 points for the Dragons as he lost his foot hold as the No. 1 scorer in the league as well as the game. He shot 11 for 27 from the floor, but just 3 for 12 from 3-point range and 7 for 12 from the free-throw line. He chipped in with 11 rebounds and seven assists, but also had nine turnovers.
Fredette had plenty of help as Zhang ZhaoXu led four other Sharks in double figures with 15 points on a perfect 7 for 7 shooting night to go along with nine rebounds.
Lu Wei added 14 points on the strength of a 4 for 7 shooting performance from distance while Guerschon Yabusele managed 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.
The Dragons had two other players score in double figures, including Zeng Xu who had 15 points on 6 for 11 shooting from the field with seven rebounds and four assists.
Yan Pengfei chipped in with 13 points and five rebounds while Samuel Dalembert recorded nine points and 11 rebounds.
With the 38-point effort, Fredette now leads the league in scoring at 40.2 points on 51.6 percent shooting from the floor, including 45 percent from 3-point land. He also manages 7.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.3 steals.
Up next for Fredette and the 8-1 Sharks is a Friday night matchup with the Fujian Sturgeons. The Sturgeons are 3-6 on the season after a 118-80 loss to Liaoning on Sunday.
They are led by former NBA players J.J. Hickson and Dwight Buycks. Hickson is averaging 29.8 points, 14.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists while Buycks is putting up 20.8 points, 8.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds.