Zhao Rui (top) of Guangdong Southern Tigers goes for a layup during the 55th round match between Zhejiang Golden Bulls and Guangdong Southern Tigers at the 2020-2021 season of the Chinese Basketball Association league in Zhuji, east China's Zhejiang province, April 11, 2021. (WENG XINYANG / XINHUA)
ZHUJI, China - The 10-game winning run of reigning CBA champions the Guangdong Southern Tigers was stopped by a convincing 105-81 win for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls on Sunday.
In Sunday's another game, the Shandong Heroes eased past the Xinjiang Flying Tigers 114-98
It was the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the two teams. As the champion of the previous two CBA seasons, Guangdong holds a superior record against most of the teams in the league. Guangdong and Zhejiang had faced each other 64 times before Sunday, with Guangdong winning 56 of them. Thanks to the victory, Zhejiang was able to level the 2020-21 season record against Guangdong to 2-2.
Zhejiang were missing several key players such as Wu Qian, Cheng Shuaipeng and Zhang Dayu, but young talents Lai Junhao, Liu Zeyi and Shi Zhenkai stepped up to take over.
Five Zhejiang players notched double digits. Maurice Ndour topped the team with 23, and Lai and Liu had 16 and 15 points respectively.
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Zhejiang had a strong start to the game. 18-year-old Shi Zhenkai, who was making his CBA debut, shone from his very first minute on court. The young forward made a string of three-pointers to help Zhejiang close the first quarter 24-19 ahead. The Bulls continued their hot hands in the following two quarters, widening the lead to 30 points.
Guangdong's starting point guard Zhao Rui was injured in the fourth quarter, and Zhejiang saw out an easy win with a 24-point advantage.
Jason Thompson scored team-high 15 points for Guangdong.
Elsewhere, Stephon Marbury's Beijing Royal Fighters lost to the Liaoning Flying Leopards 107-99, leaving them in danger of missing the CBA playoffs.
In Sunday's another game, the Shandong Heroes eased past the Xinjiang Flying Tigers 114-98.
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