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Jimmer Fredette had a one of his biggest scoring outputs of the season, but it wasn’t enough to stop the balanced attack of the Blue Whales who came away with a 122-116 win over the Sharks on Sunday.

Fredette finished the night with 50 points on 17 for 34 shooting from the floor, including 9 for 17 from beyond the arc and 7 for 7 from the foul line. He also came up big in other ways with game highs of six assists and five steals while also contributing six rebounds in 44:58 of action off the bench.

Hamed Haddadi had a huge performance of his own for Sichuan who improved to 16-14 with the win. He registered 38 points on 14 for 20 shooting from the field and 10 for 16 from the foul line to go along with 22 rebounds.

Six other Blue Whales scored in double figures, including Meng Da who managed 24 points and six rebounds while Zhang Chunjun added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

He also had plenty of help on the backboards as the Blue Whales outrebounded the Sharks 56-34, including 17-7 on the offensive end.

Liu XiaoYu added 19 points for the Sharks who dropped to 25-5 with the loss.

Guerschon Yabusele also had a solid showing with 17 points on 7 for 12 shooting from the floor while adding eight rebounds, three assists and three steals while Lu Wei chipped in with 14 points on the strength of a 4 for 6 shooting night from 3-point range.

On the season, Fredette is averaging a league-leading 37.4 points a night on 49.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.9 percent from 3-point land and 92.8 percent from the free-throw line. He also contributes 8.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.8 steals.

Up next for Fredette and Shanghai is a match-up for with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. The Flying Tigers are just one game behind the Sharks at the top of the CBA standings with a record of 24-6.

They are led by Darius Adams and Andray Blatche. Adams is leading the way with 33.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds while Blatche puts up 24.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.






It hasn’t been a banner year in the NBA for the players with local ties. Only six players are on active rosters with only two players (Damian Lillard and Justin Hamilton) playing consistent minutes.

While players have struggled to find minutes on NBA rosters, there has been plenty of success at the D-League level, including monster recent performances from Kyle Collinsworth and Joel Bolomboy.

Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League recently.

David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Foster saw his first action in more than a month in a 122-118 win over the Canton Charge. In the victory, he finished with two points on 50 percent shooting with two rebounds and a block in 10 minutes.

On the season, he has appeared in eight games and is averaging 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 11.2 minutes.

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Even without the services of leading scorer Jimmer Fredette, the Shanghai Sharks were able to come away with a 97-92 win over the Shanxi Brave Dragons on Sunday.

Without Fredette, who tweaked his left ankle in the second quarter of the Sharks 100-96 win on Friday, Guerschon Yabusele stepped up and had a monster game.

Yabusele finished with 33 points on 12 for 21 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 7 from beyond the arc and 6 for 8 from the free-throw line. He added 16 rebounds and six assists while playing a game-high 47:07.

Lu Wei added 19 points on 5 for 12 shooting from beyond the arc as the Sharks improved their league-best record to 24-4.

Liu XiaoYu chipped in with nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds while Wu Quanxi registered 12 points on a perfect 5 for 5 shooting night while grabbing nine rebounds.

Jamaal Franklin led the way for the Brave Dragons with 31 points, but he had an off shooting night as he made just 10 of 25 shots, including just 5 of 17 from 3-point range.

Henry Sims added 23 points on 9 for 14 shooting with eight rebounds while Wang Lei chipped in with 11 points and 10 boards.

On a night where he didn’t play Fredette actually improved on his scoring lead thanks to some tough scoring nights from Franklin, MarShon Brooks (20) and Errick McCollum (29).

On the season, Fredette is averaging 37.3 points on 49.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.2 percent from beyond the arc and 92.9 percent from the free-throw line. He also chips in with 8.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 steals.

Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a match-up on Friday with the Fujian Sturgeons.

The Sturgeons are 8-20 on the season following a 126-116 setback against Liaoning.

They are led by J.J. Hickson and Dwight Buycks. Hickson is averaging 25.2 points, 13.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists while Buycks puts up 21.2 points along with 6.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds.