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Another monster performance from Jimmer Fredette wasn’t enough to carry the Shanghai Sharks into the second round of the playoffs as the fell to Shenzhen Leopards 102-95 in overtime on Sunday.

Fredette put on a show offensively as he finished with 50 points – his fourth 50-point game of the season – on 14 for 32 shooting from the floor and 20 for 20 from the free-throw line. He added 10 rebounds and two assists in 50:32 of action.

Fredette was especially good from inside the arc as he hit 12 of 20 shots, but struggled from 3-point land as he connected on just 2 of 12 in the season-ending loss. He wasn’t the only one that was cold from the outside for the Sharks as they hit on 9 of 41 from distance, including 1 for 8 from Guerschon Yabusele and 1 for 7 from Liu XiaoYu.

Another area that cost the Sharks was on the backboards. The Leopards won the rebounding battle 67 to 56, including 24 to 17 on the offensive glass.

Maciej Lampe led the way for Shenzhen with 28 points on 12 for 27 shooting and hit a dagger three in overtime to push the game out of reach. He added 15 rebounds and five assists in 38:53. Jeremy Pargo also had a solid all-around game as he totaled 20 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Meng Duo added 21 points, six rebounds and three assists while Li Muhao contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

The only other players to reach double figures in scoring for Shanghai were Zhang ZhaoXu who finished with 14 points on a perfect 7 for 7 shooting from the floor and Cai Liang who had 10 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Yabusele returned from the ankle injury that sidelined him for most of game 4, but clearly wasn’t himself as he totaled just seven points on 3 for 13 shooting from the field and 0 for 2 from the foul line. He added a team-best 11 rebounds and a pair of steals in 26:28.

XiaoYu also had a tough shooting night in the loss as he registered just four points on 1 for 12 shooting from the floor, but did manage four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 51:53.

In the playoffs, Fredette averaged 40.3 points a game to go along with 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 45.3 minutes.

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Jimmer Fredette had another big night, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the loss of Guerschon Yabusele as the Shanghai Sharks fell to the Shenzhen Leopards 100-93 on Friday night.

Yabusele rolled his ankle midway through the second quarter and was unable to return, leaving Fredette to carry the load as the only import. He put up a valiant effort as he finished with 39 points on 13 for 29 shooting from the floor, including 6 for 13 from beyond the arc and 7 for 8 from the free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.

After a slow start that saw him score just five first-quarter points, Fredette got things going in the second as he took over after the departure of Yabusele. He started it out with a steal that he converted into a fast break lay-up. He then drilled a three from the right corner before picking up a technical foul for slapping an opposing player on the backside who had just fouled Fredette. Jimmer added a pair of free throws before he hit an off-balance jumper from just inside the 3-point line to finish the half with 17 points.

He got back to work in the third quarter with a left corner three followed by a pull-up three in transition to tie the game at 58. He then started pulling out the spin move to score his next two baskets while adding two free throws as the Sharks tried to keep up with the Leopards.

Fredette got back into a rhythm from beyond the arc in the fourth as he hit a three off the dribble from the top of the key followed by a right-wing three to cut the Leopards lead to 89-87. He knocked down two more free-throws and another scoop shot in the lane after another pretty spine move to finish his scoring efforts.

While the Leopards came away with the much-needed win, they had some struggles of their own as Maciej Lampe and Jeremy Pargo got into an altercation on the bench and had to be separated.

Lampe finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Pargo chipped in with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Gu QuAn paced Shenzhen with 24 points and eight rebounds as the Leopards evened up the series at two games apiece.

Zhang ZhaoXu totaled 14 points and four rebounds for Shanghai while Zhai Yi had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Yabusele finished with five points and five boards before the injury.

The deciding game of the best-of-5 series is back in Shanghai on Sunday.

Jimmer Fredette saved his best for last as he scored nine of the Sharks’ last 11 points to secure a 95-92 come from behind victory over the Shenzhen Leopards on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 first round series.

He did a significant amount of his damage on the offensive end in the fourth quarter as he scored 14 of the Sharks’ 26 points, including 12 points in the final minutes.

Fredette took over the game with the Sharks trailing by two as he drove down the left-wing and pulled up from beyond the arc and drilled a clutch three to give Shanghai the 81-79 lead. He followed that up with a pair of free throws to tie the game at 86 before closing out the game in style. Trailing by a bucket with under three minutes to play, he caught a pass at the top of the key and nailed a deep three to give Shanghai the 89-88 advantage.

After a defensive stop, the Sharks worked the ball around to Fredette who broke into the lane for a tough floater as the shot clock expired to push the lead to three. He then sealed the win just moments laterĀ as he grabbed a defensive rebound in traffic before he got fouled dribbling up the floor. He stepped to the line and knocked down both free throws for the 95-90 lead.

The crowd then showed its appreciation for star guard’s monster finish during the next timeout as chants of MVP rang out throughout the arena.

All told, Fredette finished with a game-best 33 points on 9 for 22 shooting from the floor and 12 for 12 from the free-throw line. He added a game-high 14 rebounds while handing out three assists and recording two steals in 42:44 of action.

Liu XiaoYu also made some nice contributions with 14 points on 6 for 10 shooting while Tseng Wen-Ting chipped in with 11 points on the strength of a 3 for 5 shooting night from beyond the arc.

Maciej Lampe paced the Leopards in the tough loss with 32 points on 13 for 21 shooting from the floor to go along with 13 rebounds. Gu QuAn added 22 points on 9 for 12 shooting, including 4 for 6 from 3-point land while Jeremy Pargo registered 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Game four of the hotly contested series will be in Shenzhen on Friday night.