Jimmer Fredette had his best scoring performance in three weeks as the Shanghai Sharks knocked off the Tianjin Gold Lions 113-102 on Sunday.
Fredette finished with a game-high 45 points on 18 for 33 shooting from the floor, including 6 for 16 from beyond the arc and 3 for 4 from the free-throw line. Even though he hit six threes, most of his damage was done inside the arc as he connected on a series of floaters, runners and lay-ups. He added eight rebounds and five assists in 43: 29 as the Sharks improved to 29-6 on the season.
While the Sharks struggled to shoot the ball from 3-point range – they were just 9 for 35 – they were nearly unstoppable inside the arc as they connected 37 of 53 attempts to take home the win.
Guerschon Yabusele also had a solid night for Shanghai in the win as he recorded 17 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with 10 rebounds while Zhai Yi added 15 points, six rebounds and two steals.
Zhang ZhaoXu also provided big contributions for the Sharks as he registered 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks while Liu XiaoYu chipped in with 10 points and four assists.
Jeremy Tyler led the way for the Gold Lions with 28 points on 10 for 18 shooting from the floor and 8 for 10 from the foul line while adding seven rebounds. Pooh Jeter added 19 points, six assists and four rebounds while Sani Sakakini totaled 18 points and 16 boards.
On the season, Fredette is third in the league in scoring, averaging 36.4 points a night on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.6 percent shooting from 3-point land and 92.8 percent from the free-throw line. He also contributes 8.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.7 steals in 39 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is huge match-up with the Beijing Ducks on Wednesday night. While the Sharks are fighting for the top seed in the CBA playoffs, Beijing is trying to keep stay in contention for one of the final playoff spots.
The Ducks are led by former NBA all-star Stephon Marbury and Grant Jerrett. Marbury is go-to guy averaging 21.8 points, 5.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds while Jerrett chips in with 17.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists.