A massive double-double from Jimmer Fredette wasn’t enough for the Shanghai Sharks to snap their losing streak as they fell to the Zhejiang Golden Bulls 102-97 on Wednesday.
Fredette finished with 41 points on the strength of 7-for-16 shooting from beyond the arc and 8-for-8 from the foul line. He added a team-high 11 rebounds to go along with five assists and three steals in 41 minutes on the floor.
It is the sixth time this season he scored more than 40 points while hitting at least seven 3-point shots. It is also the fifth straight game where he hasn’t missed a free throw.
Nick Minnerath also had a huge night in the loss as the Sharks dropped to 6-6 on the season with their third loss in a row. He totaled 33 points on 10-for-22 shooting from the field and 11-for-11 from the free-throw line while adding 10 rebounds.
Outside of the high-scoring duo, the Sharks struggled offensively as the rest of the team totaled just 23 points in the close loss.
Sonny Weems answered for the Golden Bulls with a game-high 44 points on 18-for-32 shooting from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc. He also had a terrific all-around game with 13 rebounds and five assists in 44 minutes.
Qian Wu added 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals while Jarnell Stokes chipped in with nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
On the season, Fredette is averaging a league-best 40.5 points a night on 45 percent shooting from inside the arc, 46 percent from 3-point land and 95 percent from the foul line. He also averages 7.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 steals in 42 minutes a contest.
Fredette and the Sharks will have a chance to right the ship in the next two weeks as they play eight games in 14 days. First up in that brutal stretch of games is a matchup with the Jiangsu Dragons on Friday.
The Dragons are led by former NBA guard MarShon Brooks and Serbian big man Miroslav Raduljica who also spend some time in the NBA with both the Milwuakee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Brooks is off to a great start in his third season with the Dragons averaging 37.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 37.9 minutes a game while Raduljica contributes 19.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his return to China.
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