Beijing Ducks secure top four, Bayi snap five-game skid

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The Beijing Ducks moved towards a top-four finish with a 102-86 victory over city rivals Beijing Royal Fighters, while bottom side Bayi Rockets overcame the Shenzhen Aviators 106-91 to snap a five-game losing streak here on Friday.

It was the Ducks' 11th straight victory. Jeremy Lin set his CBA career scoring record with 38 points. Teammates Fang Shuo and Ekpe Udoh each bagged 16 points.

Lin heated quickly into the game with nine points in a row in the first quarter to help the Ducks build a 16-point lead.

The Royal Fighters fought back and outscored by six points in the following quarter, as Arnett Moultrie contributed nine points during the span.

The Ducks continued their favorable form to extend the advantage to 18 points after three quarters. It was broadened to over 20 points in the last 12 minutes.

Kyle Fogg scored a team-high 23 points for the Royal Fighters. Moultrie finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds.

The Ducks remain third on the standings with a win-loss record of 32-13, meaning the fifth-placed Zhejiang Lions (30-15) cannot catch up with them after the final round.

According to the league's competition rule, the top four sides after the regular season will enjoy a bye in the Round of 12 in the playoffs.

The Liaoning Flying Leopards overwhelmed the Shanxi Loongs 114-77 to move closer to claiming the last spot of the top four.

O.J. Mayo scored 26 points in Liaoning's eighth straight win. Han Dejun contributed 20 points and 14 rebounds.

But Liaoning's win was marred by power forward Li Xiaoxu's right knee anterior cruciate ligament injury. The club announced that Li will undergo a surgery which could rule him out of the season.

Guo Ailun scored six points at the end of the first quarter to help Liaoning overtake opponents 27-21 before a 10-1 run helped them expand the advantage to 11 points.

Liaoning built a 56-42 advantage into halftime. Mayo scored 11 points in the third quarter to expand the gap to 17 points. The 28-point margin early in the fourth quarter was enough to seal Liaoning's win.

Fu Hao and Arslan combined for 17 points to earn Bayi a 14-point lead in the first quarter.

The Rockets maintained a 10-plus-point advantage in the following quarter, in which center Zou Yuchen, back from a foot injury, posted six points in seven minutes for Bayi.

Despite Shenzhen cutting the deficit to eight points in the third quarter, Bayi enlarged the margin to 17 points in the final frame to put the game beyond opponents' reach.

Fu registered a game-high 32 points and 17 rebounds. Arslan had 25 points. Zou finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Also on Friday, Wang Zhelin scored 36 points to power the Fujian Sturgeons past the Shanghai Sharks 127-120, the Zhejiang Golden Bulls crushed the Shandong Heroes 102-88 through six players' double-digit points, and the Qingdao Eagles tamed the Sichuan Blue Whales 105-81. 

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