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Marbury's Ducks fined for misconducts of home stands

03-23-2012 16:06 BJT

BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Stephon Marbury's Beijing Ducks were fined on Friday by the Chinese Basketball Association for the misconducts of their home stands in the first game of the CBA finals against Guangdong Hongyuan.

Beijing Ducks were fined 110,000 RMB (about 17,490 U.S. dollars) as some of their home fans vituperated the visiting team, threw objects onto the court and splashed drinks towards Guangdong players after the game on Wednesday.

"It was the second time that a massive stands chanted insulting words in Beijing's venue. And the third time for their fans to throw objects on the court," said a statement posted on the website of the Chinese Basketball Association.

The Beijing Ducks were also demanded to make "internal rectifications" before the next home game.

Guangdong's player Zhou Peng committed a flagrant foul seven minutes into the third quarter, running down Marbury after the former NBA guard made a three-point shoot.

Zhou was sanctioned with a "serious warning" for his dangerous challenge and Guangdong's coach Li Chunjiang also received a "serious warning" from the Association for failing to control his temper as well as the players' conducts.

Marbury grabbed a game-high 36 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to help CBA finals newcomer Beijing Ducks shock defending champions Guangdong Hongyuan 108-101 at home in the first game of the best-of-seven final series.

After entering CBA finals for the first time in franchise history, Beijing Ducks moved from their former home Shougang Basketball Center Gymnasium to Mastercard Center, the venue for 2008 Beijing Olympics basketball finals.

The 18,000-seat Mastercard Center witnessed a thriller on Wednesday featuring a series of collisions and words-exchanges from players of both sides, which repeatedly triggered the dander of the home crowd.

It is the second time in 10 days for the Chinese Basketball Association to announce punishments on CBA clubs.

Shanxi Zhongyu club and its venue were fined 30,000 RMB (about 4,740 U.S.dollars) apiece last week for "poor organization" of the fourth game of the CBA league semifinal series, in which Beijing edged Shanxi 3-2 to enter the finals.

The second game of the final seires will be played on Friday night local time on Guangdong's home court.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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