The Shanghai Sharks picked a terrible to time to have one of their worst offensive games of the season as the Beijing Ducks ran them off the floor, 97-72 to win the best-of-three series, 2-1.
The Sharks were ice-cold from everywhere on the floor except the foul line as they connected on 23 of 68 shots from the floor (33.8 percent), including just 7-for-27 from distance (25.9 percent).
The Ducks turned a close game into a blowout in the third quarter as they outscored the Sharks 27-8 to stretch a five-point halftime cushion into a 24-point lead heading into the fourth.
Justin Hamilton carried the offensive load for the Ducks in the deciding game with 32 points on 15-for-22 shooting from the floor while adding a game-high 13 rebounds. Aaron Jackson also had a big game for Beijing with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Three other players scored in double figures for the Ducks, including Chang Lin who 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Fang Shuo who added 11 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Jimmer Fredette paced the Sharks in the loss with 24 points on the strength of a 10-for-10 shooting night from the foul line, but struggled to find the range from anywhere else as he made 6 of 22 shots from the field, including just 2-for-11 from 3-point land. The former BYU guard also led the Sharks with 10 rebounds and five assists while playing 45 minutes.
Zhang Zhaoxu was the only other player for the Sharks to score in double figures finishing with 10 points while Nick Minnerath added nine points and eight rebounds, but shot just 2-for-17 from the floor.
During the three-game first round series, Fredette averaged 29.3 points on 51.1 percent shooting from inside the arc and a perfect 21-for-21 at the foul line, but struggled from the outside as he shot 24.1 percent from three. He added 9.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals in 46.3 minutes.
In the 38 regular season games, he averaged 37.45 points on 45.2 percent shooting from the floor, 42.3 percent from 3-point range and 94.8 percent from the charity stripe. He also chipped in with 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 41 minutes a contest.
It marks the end of an impressive season for Fredette who scored in double figures in all 41 games during the regular season and playoffs while collecting 12 double-doubles and scoring 50 points or more on seven occasions.
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