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Jimmer Fredette returned to Shanghai in time to carry the Sharks to a massive 107-99 overtime win over the Shenzhen Leopards to square the best-of-5 series at one game apiece.

After a tough shooting night, Fredette got the magic going in the closing seconds of regulation as he split two defenders and got to the rim with 2.2 seconds left in regulation for the difficult lay-up to give the Sharks a 92-90 lead. Jeremy Pargo answered for the Leopards at the buzzer with the would be game winner with the off-balance shot from the 3-point line. Pargo sprinted down the floor and up the tunnel in celebration, but upon a lengthy review (we’re talking like 10 minutes where the refs looked at the monitor at the scorers table, the playback on one of the video cameras filming the game and even a cell phone or two), it was clear that his foot was on the line, making it a game tying shot.

Following the long delay, Pargo got the Leopards on the board first in the extra session with a step-back baseline jumper, but Zhang ZhaoXu answered with the 3-point play to give the Sharks the lead. After a defense stop, Fredette took over as he scored eight straight points to bring home the win. He started it out with a left-wing three off the dribble to push the Sharks’ lead to 98-94. He added another three from the right side just seconds later to give Shanghai a 7-point cushion. After another defensive stop, he hit a running floater from just inside the foul line to extend the lead to 103-94 before the Sharks closed out the game at the foul line.

All told, Fredette finished the night with a game-high 39 points on 14 for 39 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 17 from beyond the arc and 7 for 8 from the foul line. He also contributed 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 44:04.

Guerschon Yabusele added 27 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the field, including 3 for 6 from distance with 10 rebounds and three assists. Liu XiaoYu also came up big in the win with 21 points – including four clutch free throws down the stretch – while adding nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Gu QuAn paced the Leopards in the tough loss with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Li Muhao managed 22 points on 9 for 13 shooting from the floor while grabbing 12 rebounds.

Pargo chipped in with 22 points on 9 for 22 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals while Maciej Lampe recorded a double-double as he finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

The Sharks and the Leopards are back in Shanghai on Wednesday night for game 3.

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The absence of Jimmer Fredette – who is in Colorado for the birth of his first child – was too difficult to overcome as the Shanghai Sharks dropped the opening game of the best-of-5 first round playoff series to the Shenzhen Leopards 115-75 on Friday.

After a solid first-quarter start saw them take a seven-point lead, the Leopards blew the game wide open in the middle two quarters as they outscored the Sharks 61-23 to take a commanding 45-point lead at the end of three.

Jeremy Pargo led the way for Shenzhen in the lopsided home win with 29 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor to go along with nine assists, six rebounds and a pair of steals. Maciej Lampe added 28 points on 11 for 21 shooting from the field with 10 rebounds and five steals.

Li Muhao registered 18 points and seven rebounds while He ZhongMian chipped in with 12 points on 5 for 7 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 3 from distance.

Guerschon Yabusele paced the Sharks in the loss with 31 points on 11 for 25 shooting from the floor and 7 for 10 from the free-throw line, but was just 2 for 10 from beyond the arc. He added 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals while playing all 48 minutes.

Yabusele wasn’t the only one to struggle from 3-point range as Shanghai connected on just 5 of 35 shots from distance. But it was a tough shooting night all-around for the Sharks as they shot just 31 percent from the floor (27 for 87).

Zhang ZhaoXu added 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the field and 5 for 6 from the foul line with seven rebounds while Liu XiaoYu – who is in the middle of a shooting slump – suffered through another difficult night as he finished with just 10 points on 4 for 20 shooting, including 1 for 8 from beyond the arc.

The Sharks will get the chance to bounce back at home as they head to Shanghai for games two and three with the hopes of using their wonderful home court advantage – 18-1 in 19 games – to get back in the series.

Jimmer Fredette has made a major splash in China as a member of the Shanghai Sharks, carrying them to a 30-win season and one of the top seeds in the CBA playoffs. He has been one of the league’s top scorers and a fan favorite ever since stepping on the floor.

As he heads into his first playoffs in China, here are six things you need to know about Fredette, the Sharks and the CBA.

• 1. There are three rounds for the eight-team playoffs and each round has a different format. The first round is a best-of-five series with the lower seeded team hosting the first game. The higher ranked team then gets two games at home before trading off games four and five if necessary.

The second round is the same as the old NBA Finals format with the higher seeded team hosting the first two games followed by three games on the road. Game six and seven would be back on the higher seeded team’s home floor if needed.

The finals use the most often used format of 2-2-1-1-1 with the better ranked team getting games one, two, five and seven at home.

• 2. The Sharks earned the No. 3 seed and will play the No. 6 ranked Shenzhen Leopards, who finished the season with a record of 26-12. The two teams split a pair of games earlier in the season as the Sharks won 112-108 in November while the Leopards took home a 103-101 decision in January.

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