Jimmer Fredette led the way as the Shanghai Sharks won for the 15th time in 16 tries with a 109-98 win over the Tianjin Gold Lions on Sunday.
Fredette finished with a game-high 42 points on 12 for 28 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 14 from 3-point land and 14 for 15 from the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in 44:26 of action.
The Sharks also got excellent production from the second unit with 36-bench points. Guerschon Yabusele was the catalyst of that group, registering 24 points on 7 for 11 shooting from the floor and 8 for 10 from the foul line. He added a team-high 11 rebounds and two steals in 27:34 on the floor.
Liu XiaoYu also had a nice game with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Ju Peng chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Sani Sakakini led the way for the Gold Lions with 32 point s on 113 for 23 shooting from the floor and 6 for 6 from the foul line to go along with 19 rebounds.
Pooh Jeter added 20 points, four rebounds, four assist and three steals while playing all 48 minutes, but had a tough night shooting the ball as he converted on 7 of 23 shots from the floor, including just 1 of 9 from beyond the arc.
The win, coupled with a Guangsha loss gives the Sharks a two-game lead at the top of the CBA standings.
On the season, Fredette averages a league leading 39.3 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.4 percent from distance and 91.6 percent from the foul line. He also chips in with 8.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.3 steals.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a Wednesday battle with the Beijing Ducks. The Ducks are 9-7 on the season after a 108-96 loss to Liaoning on Sunday.
They are led by former NBA all-star Stephon Marbury who averages 22.6 points, 6.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds.
Another familiar face for the Ducks is former Kentucky Wildcat and four-year NBA veteran Randolph Morris who is averaging 21.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists.