Jimmer Fredette had a one of his biggest scoring outputs of the season, but it wasn’t enough to stop the balanced attack of the Blue Whales who came away with a 122-116 win over the Sharks on Sunday.
Fredette finished the night with 50 points on 17 for 34 shooting from the floor, including 9 for 17 from beyond the arc and 7 for 7 from the foul line. He also came up big in other ways with game highs of six assists and five steals while also contributing six rebounds in 44:58 of action off the bench.
Hamed Haddadi had a huge performance of his own for Sichuan who improved to 16-14 with the win. He registered 38 points on 14 for 20 shooting from the field and 10 for 16 from the foul line to go along with 22 rebounds.
Six other Blue Whales scored in double figures, including Meng Da who managed 24 points and six rebounds while Zhang Chunjun added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
He also had plenty of help on the backboards as the Blue Whales outrebounded the Sharks 56-34, including 17-7 on the offensive end.
Liu XiaoYu added 19 points for the Sharks who dropped to 25-5 with the loss.
Guerschon Yabusele also had a solid showing with 17 points on 7 for 12 shooting from the floor while adding eight rebounds, three assists and three steals while Lu Wei chipped in with 14 points on the strength of a 4 for 6 shooting night from 3-point range.
On the season, Fredette is averaging a league-leading 37.4 points a night on 49.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.9 percent from 3-point land and 92.8 percent from the free-throw line. He also contributes 8.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.8 steals.
Up next for Fredette and Shanghai is a match-up for with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. The Flying Tigers are just one game behind the Sharks at the top of the CBA standings with a record of 24-6.
They are led by Darius Adams and Andray Blatche. Adams is leading the way with 33.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds while Blatche puts up 24.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.