The Shanghai Sharks overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to knock off the Bayi Rockets 98-91 on Wednesday night to improve to 27-6 on the season.
Shanghai turned in a strong defensive effort in the second half as they held the Rockets to just 35 points, including 13 points in the third.
After scoring just three points through the first three quarters, Jimmer Fredette went on a hot streak to start the fourth quarter as the Sharks pulled away.
Fredette started things out with a fast break lay-up before he drilled back-to-back 3-pointers from the top of the key, including one from four feet beyond the arc. Following four free-throws and a floater in the lane, he finished with another 3-pointer after he created space with a crossover dribble.
All told, Fredette scored 17 points in a six-minute stretch as the Sharks turned a five-point lead into a 15 point advantage. He finished the game with 20 points on the strength of a 4 for 8 shooting night from 3-point range and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line. He added two assists and an offensive rebound while playing just 24:56.
Guerschon Yabusele paced the Sharks in scoring on the night with 30 points on 9 for 17 shooting from the floor and 10 for 14 from the foul line. Liu XiaoYu also had a productive performance with 16 points on 3 for 5 shooting from distance with seven assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Zou Yuchen led the way for the Rocket with 23 points on 7 for 12 shooting from the field and 9 for 9 from the foul line to go along with 10 rebounds while Cao Yan added 18 points, four rebounds and three helpers.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 36.4 points on 48.4 percent shooting from the field, including 40.9 percent from 3-point range and 93 percent from the free-throw line. He also contributes 8.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals in 38.9 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a match-up with the Shandong Golden Stars on Friday. The Golden Stars are 2-13 on the season after a 101-93 loss to Liaoning on Wednesday.
A player to watch for Shandong is Fredette’s former Sacramento Kings’ teammate Jason Thompson who is averaging 19.8 points on 58 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 14 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks in 34.5 minutes.
Another player of note is for the Golden Stars is Justin Dentmon who is putting up 22.5 points a night on 41 percent shooting from beyond the arc while adding 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 10 games.