esterday night, Shanghai Sharks star Jimmer Fredette went off for a whopping 75 points in a game that his team still managed to lose.
Fredette was an extremely efficient 24-34 from the field and 20-21 from the line with seven three-pointers. However, the Sharks ended up falling short by one point in a 136-137 loss to the Beijing Dragons thanks to a buzzer-beating three from journeyman guard Pierre Jackson.
Jackson wasn’t so bad himself this game, by the way, putting up 63 points on 35 shots in his duel with Jimmer. For Shanghai, Luis Scola had 27 points while the highest scoring Chinese player was 38-year-old veteran point guard Liu Wei with 10.
Jackson’s game-winner came after Fredette made a tough lay-up in traffic to put the Sharks up two with just 7 seconds left to go. You can watch all his buckets below:
Fredette’s point total is tied for the second highest in CBA history. Another journeyman guard Errick McCollum has the record, scoring 82 points in a game that his team also lost. Fredette’s previous high was 73 — also happening in a loss.
A former college star, Fredette washed out in the NBA after five unsuccessful seasons, signing with Shanghai in 2016 and going on to win the league’s international MVP, establishing himself as the best player in the Chinese Basketball Association. The following year, he once again put up a ludicrous stat line, averaging 37 points per game on 41 percent from three, but failed to secure another MVP.
In China, Fredette’s play has earned him legions of Chinese fans who call him “Jimo” (寂寞) meaning “lonely” — a nickname that is less depressing than it sounds as his full title is “loneliness god” because he plays at such a high level that he has no rivals.
It’s also a particularly appropriate nickname as Fredette’s individual success hasn’t really translated into success for the team. Last year, the Sharks just squeaked into the playoffs, only to then lose in the first round. This year, however, they have started a blazing hot 7-3.