Jimmer Fredette had another big double-double as he led the Shanghai Sharks to a 111-108 win over the Fujian Sturgeons on Friday night.
Fredette was the game’s leading scorer with 32 points on 10 for 22 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 11 from beyond the arc and 9 for 10 from the free-throw line. He added a team-high 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in nearly 38 minutes of action.
The Sharks had just enough in the tank on a rough shooting night from the outside to hold off the Sturgeons. They shot just 44.7 percent from the floor, including 33 percent from 3-point range on 43 attempts and missed 10 of 31 free throws.
Guerschon Yabusele and Lu Wei also made massive contributions for the Sharks in the three-point win. Yabusele totaled 25 points on 9 for 17 shooting from the floor with six rebounds while Wei recorded 20 points on a 6 for 13 shooting performance from beyond the arc.
Liu XiaoYu added 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a team-high 40:14 of action.
J.J. Hickson paced four Sturgeons’ players in double figures with 26 points on 10 for 14 shooting from the field and a game-high 15 rebounds in the loss. Wang Zhelin also registered a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 39.4 points on 51.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 43.2 percent from 3-point land. He also chips in with 8.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.6 steals. Those numbers are good enough to be second in the league in scoring (Jamaal Franklin is No.1 at 40.4), eighth in assists and sixth in steals.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a matchup with the Sichuan Blue Whales. The defending champion Blue Whales are 5-5 on the year after a loss to Liaoning on Wednesday.
They are led by former NBA players Josh Smith and Hamed Haddadi. Smith is averaging 23.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 3.4 blocked shots and 2.4 assists in five games while Haddadi is putting up 21.4 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 blocks while playing all 10 games.
The Blue Whales have had the edge over the Sharks in recent meetings, winning the last three games by an average of 14 points.