BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Former NBA star Stephon Marbury renewed his season-high points to lead defending champion Beijing Ducks edge Zhejiang Guangsha 115-111 on Sunday.
Marbury had 43 points, 5 assists and 4 steals this match, he came up with a critical steal in the final minute, jumping in front of the pass to Zhejiang' centre Peter Ramos to help Beijing recover from the defeat in Shanxi last round.
Randolph Morris scored 19 and grabbed 11 rebounds to fuel Beijing, Ji Zhe also made 16 points and Li Gen added 14 points.
The only consolation for Zhejiang was the newest recruit Gary Forbes, who replaced former Golden State Warriors' player Al Thornton, scoring 42 points-including 5-of-8 shooting from outside the arc.
Zhejiang set a quick tone 17-7 at the early stage of the first quarter, but Marbury finished with 11 points after this quarter that pulled the Beijing to 32-27. However, Zhejiang launch a counterattack behind Ramos and Forbes to take the advantage 57-53 at the break.
With 4 points deficit enter the final quarter, Beijing came back to leading position thanks to Marbury scored 4 straight and Li Gen's 3-pointers. But Zhejiang never gave up with the effort from Forbes until they made two turnovers in the last minutes.
Yi Jianlian-less Guangdong Hongyuan showed their domination by routing Bayi Fubang 124:85. Guangdong had six players in double figures and held a 43-23 advantage on the boards.Wang Zhizhi, the leader of Bayi, experiencing a dim night with 4 points.
Shanghai Sharks was defeated by Dongguan Marco Polo 98-103.Gilbert Arenas, who suffered from a thigh injury, sitting on the sidelines to watch his team encountered a five-game losing streak.
In Sunday's other games, Liaoning Hengye beat Jiangsu Dragons 107-105, Zhejiang Chouzhou beat Jilin Northeast Tigers 131-122, Tianjin Ronggang beat Shanxi Zhongyu 104-97, Xinjiang Guanghui beat Shandong Gold 97-86, Foshan Long Lions beat Fujian SBS 99-85.