By: Jay Yeomans
Published: February 12, 2019
Jimmer Fredette and the Shanghai Sharks returned to the floor after a 10-day break and delivered their biggest win of the season, knocking off the first place Guangdong Southern Tigers on Tuesday, 110-104.
Fredette had one of his most complete games of the season in the win, finishing with a game-best 43 points on 15-for-29 shooting from the floor while converting on 10 free throws. He also contributed nine rebounds, five assists, and four steals in 39 minutes as the Sharks won their third game in a row to move to 20-19.
After a 17-point first half, Fredette really went to work after the break with 26 second-half points as the Sharks handed the loaded Southern Tigers just their fourth loss in 39 games.
Shanghai also got key contributions from the front line in the win as Luis Scola managed 20 points and 10 rebounds while Zhang Zhaoxu added a double-double of his own with 10 points and 10 boards.
Yi Jianlian paced the Southern Tigers in the loss, recording a team-high 28 points on 11-for-17 shooting to go along with nine rebounds while Sonny Weems chipped in with 24 points, seven rebounds and five helpers.
Inside the numbers
- It was the 15th time this season that Fredette scored more than 40 points in a game. He has now scored 40 points or more on 45 occasions since joining the Sharks.
- Fredette hit three more 3-point shots, making it the 32nd time in 36 games that he has hit at least three triples this season. He has now made 181 3-point shots.
- With four more steals, Fredette now has 20 games this season with three or more takeaways.
- After missing a season-high six free throws, Fredette’s percentage at the foul line dropped to 93 percent.
Through 36 games, Fredette is second in the CBA in scoring, averaging a career-high 37.8 points a night on 54 percent shooting from inside the arc, 42 percent from 3-point range and 93 percent from the foul line. He also chips in with 5.7 rebounds, a team-high 5.6 assists, and 2.8 steals in 40.2 minutes.
Thanks to a quirk in the schedule, Fredette and the Sharks have just one more game before they have another long layoff as the CBA takes a break for the FIBA World Cup Qualifying window.
Next in the long line of tough matchups is a Friday game with the third place Zhejiang Guangsha Lions who are 28-11 through 39 games. The Lions are led by dynamic playmaking guard, Courtney Fortson, who averages 24.1 points a game while leading the league with 11.2 assists.