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Guangdong takes CBA lead after win at Beijing

01-05-2012 09:31 BJT

BEIJING, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Defending champions Guangdong Hongyuan defeated Beijing Ducks 112-99 to grab the pole position of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league on Wednesday.

Guangdong foreign duo Aeron Brooks and James Singleton united to dominate the game. Brooks totaled 32 points and 8 assists, while Singleton contributed 29 points.

It was Beijing's fifth loss in their recent six games. The capital-based team had swallowed 18 straight defeats on home court against Guangdong since 2001-2002 season.

Guangdong started the game with 11-5. Ji Zhe and Marbury made a couple of jump shots to draw back the score to 14-13. Neither side was able to establish a commanding lead and the score was 29-30 at the end of the first quarter.

Guangdong sent Aeron Brooks on court in the second quarter, in which they took the upper hand and set up an 11-point lead at 58-47.

Mabury totaled 19 points in the first half, while Brooks got 14.

Beijing shooter Zhu Yanxi pulled his trigger in the third quarter, firing three straight three pointers to trim the gap to five points.

Guangdong lost their rhythm afterwards, letting Fang Shuo to put Beijing ahead with a three-pointer.

In the final quarter, Guangdong players took every shooting chance to score, while Beijing struggled to find the basket. After a three pointer from Wang Shipeng, Guangdong sealed the victory.

Beijing's Stephon Marbury had game-high 35 points. Zhu Yanxi and Randolph Moris scored 17 and 16 points respectively.

Also on Wednesday, another CBA powerhouse Zhejiang Guangsha survived a thrilling battle in which they edged Shandong Gold from veteran Jin Lipeng's final three-point shot.

When Shandong were leading 97-95 with 1.7 seconds remaining, Guangsha coach called a time-out and then Jin stood out to fire from downtown and made the basket.

After winning the game, Guangsha recorded 14 victories out of 19 games, surpassing Beijing to become the second-placed team.

In Wednesday's other games, Fujian SBS beat Zhejiang Chouzhou 102-78, Xinjiang Guanghui beat Bayi Fubang 102-83, Qingdao Doublestar beat Jilin Northeast Tigers 116-90, Shanghai Sharks beat Foshan Long Lions 95-88, Dongguan Marco Polo beat Jiangsu Dragons 108-84, Liaoning Hengye beat Tianjin Ronggang 103-82.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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