BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Second seed Shandong Gold downed Dongguan Marco Polo 92-86 in Game 2 of the first round of Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league playoffs on Friday, while the latter's Marcus Haislip pocketed a game-high 40 points.
Four players of Shandong had double-digit points. Li Jingyu and Pooh Jeter finished with 25 points and 24 points respectively. Zaid Abbass had 13 points and grabbed 20 rebounds.
Dongguan heated up for the game quicker and built a 14-8 lead midway through the first quarter. Jeter and Li Jingyu made several fast breaks in a row to help Shandong come back into the match. Dongguan had a one-point lead as the first 12 minutes ran out.
After Haislip substituted in the second period, he grasped the opportunity with performance both in the paint field and behind the 3-pointer shooting line. He and Gu Quan hit consecutive 3-pointers to extend the lead to 38-29. Then Shandong players began to show momentum in offense to cut the deficit within one point, after which it welcomed Abbass' show time as he successively found basket. Shandong got the lead of 47-43 into halftime.
Shandong continued to extend their advantage after the second half began, as they took a 53-43 lead at the start of the third quarter. Dongguan players made efforts to cut the deficit within five points several times later, while was still unable to stop the opponents' second straight victory in this series from coming.
Defending champions Beijing Ducks also went closer to winning this series as they held off Zhejiang Guangsha 102-96 at home.
Ex-NBA star Stephon Marbury contributed a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists. Randolph Morris dominated the paint field again with 25 points and 19 rebounds. Ji Zhe and Zhai Xiaochuan collected 20 points apiece.
Beijing returned to Mastercard Center in this year's playoffs where they shocked Guangdong Hongyuan 4-1 in last season's Finals, and it proved a land of luck for the capital team.
Zhejiang Guangsha once built a 58-47 lead in the third quarter, the first double-figure margin in this game, only to see it erased by Beijing's 10-0 run.
After a 75-70 lead into the final 12 minutes, Marbury showed leadership in Beijing's offense as he made a jumper and assisted Ji Zhe for a 3-pointer. Beijing had a 82-72 lead and never fell down later.
In Friday's other two matches, thanks to Yi Jianlian's 24 points and 11 rebounds, top seed Guangdong Hongyuan defeated Zhejiang Chuzhou 108-89 to lead by 2-0. Xinjiang Guanghui tied the series at 1-1 with a 100-92 home victory over Liaoning Hengye.