While Jimmer Fredette had a good shooting night from beyond the arc, he had one of his lowest point totals of the season as the Sharks dropped into a tie for first place after a 109-95 setback against the Xingjiang Flying Tigers on Wednesday night.
Fredette finished with 25 points on 9 for 19 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 9 from beyond the arc and 2 for 3 from the foul line. He also added five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 36:20.
The Flying Tigers were led by a balanced offensive attack that saw five players score more than 17 points as the drew even with the Sharks in the CBA standings.
Zhou Qi led the way with 21 points, 16 rebounds and four assists while Darius Adams managed 21 points, six assists and three rebounds.
Andray Blatche also had a huge night for the Flying Tigers with 20 points, 20 rebounds and four assists.
The Sharks shot the ball well from the floor, but turnovers and rebounding cost them dearly in the loss. They had 20 miscues and were outrebounded 50-35, including 21-8 on the offensive glass.
Their best performance in the loss came from Guerschon Yabusele who finished with 30 points on 12 for 20 shooting from the floor to go along with six rebounds and two steals while Liu XiaoYu added 12 points and a game-high eight assists.
On the season, fredette is now averaging a league-leading 37 points a night on 49.1 percent shooting from the field, including 41.3 percent from 3-point range and 92.5 percent from the free-throw line. He also chips in with 8.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals.
Fredette and the Sharks are off for nearly two weeks before they match-up with the Qingdao Eagles on February 5th.