Jimmer Fredette had his best game of the young season as the Shanghai Sharks came from behind to knock off the Shanxi Brave Dragons 128-121 on Sunday.
Fredette finished the night with a game-high 47 points on the strength of a 9-for-17 shooting effort from 3-point range and 8-for-8 from the foul line. He added five assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals in 44 minutes.
After scoring 19 points through three quarters, Fredette scorched the nets in the fourth as he scored 28 of the Sharks’ 40 points to carry Shanghai to the important home win.
He got things started in the final period from the foul line where he knocked down a pair of free throws. He then came off a screen and knocked down a big three before drilling a pull-up three from way beyond the arc to tie the game. After connecting on a runner from the foul line, he went on a personal 9-point run as he had a 3-point play followed by a pair of deep 3-point shots as the Sharks took control.
He wasn’t done as he connected on two more shots from beyond the arc while adding another and-one to help Shanghai capture the win.
Nick Minnerath also had a big game for the Sharks as he carried the offensive load early in the contest as he scored 31 points during the first three quarters to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.
Shanghai also got a very nice performance out of Hanlin Dong who finished with 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the floor while adding six rebounds and four assists. The only other player to score in double figures for the Sharks was Hanchen Luo who totaled 11 points as the team improved to 2-2 on the season.
Luis Scola and Brandon Jennings did most of the damage on the offensive end for the Brave Dragons in the tough loss. Scola totaled 32 points on 13-for-21 shooting from the field to go along with a game-high 17 rebounds while Jennings contributed 23 points and a game-best eight assists.
Shanxi also got a huge effort from Jingyu Li who registered 27 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the floor, including 7-for-11 from beyond the arc.
Following his huge offensive outburst, Fredette is now averaging 35.8 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals in 40.8 minutes a night.
Up next for Jimmer and the Sharks is a trip to Sichuan on Wednesday to face the Blue Whales who are led by Jamaal Franklin and Hamed Haddadi. Franklin is averaging 33.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists while Haddadi is chipping in with 13.5 points, 14 rebounds and 5.8 assists.