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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 had a career night on Sunday as he finished with 73 points on 25 for 49 shooting from the floor, including 10 for 18 from 3-point range and a perfect 13 for 13 from the free-throw line. It was the most points scored in the CBA this season – Errick McCollum had the previous season-high with 65 on Jan. 22 – and the fourth most points in a CBA game ever, according to ESPN’s Qixin Wang.

As impressive as Fredette’s 73-point performance was, it was what he did in the two overtime periods that was absolutely mind-blowing.

Fredette started out his clutch shooting in the final seconds of regulation when he connected on a pair of free throws to break the 50-point barrier and push the game to overtime.

After going scoreless for the first 2:15 of the first extra session, Fredette went to work and single-handedly kept the Sharks in the game. He scored on four different possessions in the first overtime, and each time it tied the score.

He got things going (again) with under three minutes to go, when he pulled up from the right-wing and drilled a three to tie the game at 113. He followed that up with two free throws before adding a driving lay-up after he smoked two defenders on a spin move to get a clear lane to the basket. His last bucket was the most important as he leaned in trying to draw contact in the final seconds. While he didn’t get the foul call, he managed to keep both feet behind the arc as he pulled up and connected on an off-balance three to tie the score at 120.

He continued his remarkable finish in the second overtime with 12 more points, including a floater that tied the game at 122, followed by a steal that resulted in a three-point play for the 125-122 lead. After the Lions cut the Sharks’ lead to one, Fredette answered again with another lay-up to extend the lead back to three.

After five straight points from the Lions, he once again answered the bell with another highly contested three to give the Sharks a 130-129 lead with under a minute left. The Lions responded with six straight points before Fredette scored a final lay-up to bring the Sharks to within three.

The Sharks got a defensive stop and one last chance to tie, but Fredette didn’t get the ball and a left-wing 3-point attempt from a teammate went long.

On the season, Fredette finished second in the league in scoring at 37.3 points a night – McCollum totaled 47 points on Sunday to push his average to 37.5 points – on 48.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.1 percent from beyond the arc and 92.8 percent from the foul line. He added 7.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 39.3 minutes for the 30-8 Sharks who will head into the CBA playoffs as the No. 3 seed.