Source: China State Council Information Office
Center Han Dejun grabbed a key offensive rebound and made a lay-up to help the Liaoning Flying Leopards edge the Guangzhou Loong Lions, led by Liaoning’s former coach Guo Shiqiang, 95-93 in the 19th round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Wednesday.
Liaoning opened the game with a 10-0 run and extended the lead to 19 points for a while in the first quarter.
Dallas Moore found his form and headed Guangzhou to cut the deficit to 10 points at the half-time break.
The Loong Lions continued rallying back and narrowed the gap to only three points back from the locker room, forcing Liaoning to call a timeout.
Coming from seven points down in the last quarter, Guangzhou tied the game 93-93 after Marreese Speights hit a three-pointer.
Han’s key offensive rebound and layup nailed the victory for Liaoning, as Speights missed a buzzer-beater.
O.J. Mayo had a game-high 29 points for Liaoning, Han finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Guo Ailun contributed 21 points.
For Guangzhou, Speights got 21 points, Moore scored 20 points, and Guo Kai took 10 points along with 10 rebounds.
The defending champion Guangdong Southern Tigers defeated the powehouse Xinjiang Flying Tigers 115-102, extending their winning streak to five games.
Marshon Brooks and Sonny Weems each bagged 26 points for Guangdong, Du Runwang and Hu Mingxuan had 12 points respectively, and Zhao Rui added 11 points.
Donatas Motiejunas scored a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds for Xinjiang, Qi Lin took 17 points, and Tang Caiyu contributed 10 points.
In other two games played on Wednesday, Zhejiang Golden Bulls swept Jiangsu Dragons 105-85, and Sichuan Blue Whales beat Zhejiang Lions 110-105.