CBA roundup: Beijing beat Xinjiang, Liaoning smashes Shanghai

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QINGDAO, June 24, (Xinhua) -- The Beijing Ducks pushed aside the Xinjiang Flying Tigers 78-67 in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league while the Liaoning Flying Leopards smashed the Shanghai Sharks 104-87 here on Wednesday.

In a highly intense clash between two former CBA title winners, Xinjiang were limited to 67 points, a new low in franchise history.

Beijing took an early 11-0 lead in the first quarter before Xinjiang scored their first point with Zhou Qi's free throw five minutes after tipoff. Xinjiang managed to cut the deficit with three-pointers and move ahead for the first time in the second quarter.

Both teams exchanged the lead several times, finishing the third quarter with Xinjiang trailing by only one point. A 10-2 run in the final quarter helped Beijing secure the victory.

"We had a very impressive fourth quarter and I am proud of my teammates," said Jeremy Lin, who scored a game-high 22 points for Beijing. "They played well, they defended well and they were truly outstanding."

Zhou Qi had 17 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks for Xinjiang while his teammate Yu Changdong contributed 16 points and nine rebounds.

Another title winner, Liaoning, enjoyed their first victory after the restart of CBA, pulling off a strong comeback against Shanghai. Trailing by 42-50 at halftime, Liaoning stormed to a 34-10 lead in the third quarter and finished the game in a one-sided manner.

Five players for Liaoning scored in double digits. Han Dejun and O.J. Mayo both had 28 points. McCallum led for Shanghai with 25 points.

"We were well prepared before the match and I am satisfied with our performance. After losing two games, the team still has unity and won tonight due to our strong will," said Guo Shiqiang, head coach of Liaoning.

In Wednesday's other games, the Bayi Rockets suffered their 13th successive league defeat, losing 94-82 to Qingdao Eagles as both teams played with an all-domestic roster. The Shenzhen Aviators had their first victory since the reopening, easing past the Tianjin Pioneers 97-83. Meanwhile, Yuan Shuai's 21 points, including six three-pointers, helped the Shanxi Loongs beat the Sichuan Blue Whales 88-76. Enditem

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