After missing a game with an ankle injury, Jimmer Fredette returned to the lineup and made some solid contributions as the Shanghai Sharks drilled the Fujian Sturgeons 119-93 on Friday night.
On the night, he finished with 26 points on 10 for 25 shooting from the floor and 4 for 5 from the free-throw line to go along with six rebounds, three assists and a steal in 32:04 of action.
One place where Fredette struggled in his return to action was with his outside shot as he connected on just 2 of 12 attempts from beyond the arc while coming off the bench.
Guerschon Yabusele led the way for the Sharks who improved to 25-4 with 33 points on 13 for 20 shooting from the field and 7 for 8 from the foul line. The Celtics’ 2016 first round draft pick also added a game-high 16 rebounds, three assists and three steals in 37:26 on the floor.
The only other player to reach double figures in scoring for the Sharks was Lu Wei who totaled 12 points on 50 percent shooting while adding four boards and two assists.
Dwight Buycks paced the Sturgeons with 24 points and seven rebounds while Zhao Tailong chipped in with 23 points.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 36.9 points on 49.1 percent shooting from the field, including 40.2 percent from 3-point range and 92.6 percent from the free-throw line. He also adds 8.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals.
Up next for Fredette and Shanghai is a Sunday game with the Sichuan Blue Whales.
The Blue Whales are 15-14 on the season and fighting for one of the last playoff spots after back-to-back losses, including a 96-85 loss to Liaoning.
Some players to watch for the Blue Whales are former NBA players Hamed Haddadi and Josh Smith.
Haddadi is averaging 25.1 points, 15.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists while Smith contributes 18.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists.