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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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Jimmer Fredette had his best scoring performance in three weeks as the Shanghai Sharks knocked off the Tianjin Gold Lions 113-102 on Sunday.

Fredette finished with a game-high 45 points on 18 for 33 shooting from the floor, including 6 for 16 from beyond the arc and 3 for 4 from the free-throw line. Even though he hit six threes, most of his damage was done inside the arc as he connected on a series of floaters, runners and lay-ups. He added eight rebounds and five assists in 43: 29 as the Sharks improved to 29-6 on the season.

While the Sharks struggled to shoot the ball from 3-point range – they were just 9 for 35 – they were nearly unstoppable inside the arc as they connected 37 of 53 attempts to take home the win.

Guerschon Yabusele also had a solid night for Shanghai in the win as he recorded 17 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with 10 rebounds while Zhai Yi added 15 points, six rebounds and two steals.

Zhang ZhaoXu also provided big contributions for the Sharks as he registered 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks while Liu  XiaoYu chipped in with 10 points and four assists.

Jeremy Tyler led the way for the Gold Lions with 28 points on 10 for 18 shooting from the floor and 8 for 10 from the foul line while adding seven rebounds. Pooh Jeter added 19 points, six assists and four rebounds while Sani Sakakini totaled 18 points and 16 boards.

On the season, Fredette is third in the league in scoring, averaging 36.4 points a night on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.6 percent shooting from 3-point land and 92.8 percent from the free-throw line. He also contributes 8.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.7 steals in 39 minutes.

Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is huge match-up with the Beijing Ducks on Wednesday night. While the Sharks are fighting for the top seed in the CBA playoffs, Beijing is trying to keep stay in contention for one of the final playoff spots.

The Ducks are led by former NBA all-star Stephon Marbury and Grant Jerrett. Marbury is go-to guy averaging 21.8 points, 5.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds while Jerrett chips in with 17.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

The Shanghai Sharks used a fantastic defensive effort to come away with a 94-78 win over the Shandong Golden Stars on the road on Friday night.

The Sharks held the Golden Stars to just 29 percent shooting from beyond the arc while limiting them to just 26 first half points.

Jimmer Fredette led the way for Shanghai with 28 points on 11 for 29 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 11 from 3-point range and 2 for 2 from the foul line. He also contributed seven rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists in 40:54.

Jimmer got thing going early in the first quarter with a step-through midrange jumper from the left baseline before drilling a transition three as the Sharks got out to a 10-2 cushion in the first.

He added eight points in the second, including a pair of 3-pointers and a driving floater to give him 13 in the first half.

He contributed seven more points in the third on a left wing three, a steal for a fastbreak lay-up and a pair of free throws.

Fredette started out his fourth quarter scoring with a sweet backdoor cut for an easy lay-up, followed by a tough runner and a little scoop shot from in the lane. He finished out his scoring with a pull-up on the right side from just inside the 3-point line.

Guerschon Yabusele also had a big night with 23 points on 9 for 16 shooting with 12 rebounds while Zhang ZhaoXu added 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Sharks improved to 28-6 on the season.

Justin Dentmon paced the Golden Stars with 15 points while Jason Thompson totaled 14 points and 20 rebounds.

On the season, Fredette is averaging 36.2 points on 48 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.7 percent from 3-point range and 93.1 percent from the charity stripe. He is also contributing 8.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 38.9 minutes.

Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a match-up with the Tianjin Gold Lions on Sunday. The Gold Lions are 17-17 on the season and just two games out of the last playoff spot with just four games to go in the regular season.

Some players to watch are Eugene “Pooh” Jeter and Jeremy Tyler. Jeter is a having a big season, averaging 27.8 points on 56 percent shooting from inside the arc, 40 percent from 3-point range and 89 percent from the foul line while adding 7.9 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 40.1 minutes.

Tyler is also putting up some impressive numbers as he is averaging 20.5 points on 56 percent shooting from 2-point range to go along with 9.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals in just 27 minutes a night in his third season playing in the CBA.

Another key player for Tianjin is Sani Sakakini who is averaging 24.1 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 40.6 minutes a night.