URUMQI, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Ian Clark had to leave the court with a suspected groin strain, while Jarnell Stokes' career-high 46 points led the Xinjiang Flying Tigers to sweep the Fujian Sturgeons 132-118 in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Tuesday night.
The 29-year-old Clark was making his CBA debut after being sidelined four months ago by a right-hand finger injury, while his teammate Zhou Qi also returned to the starting lineup after missing the last four games.
Clark started with his team in great unison, handing out four assists to give Xinjiang a 21-11 lead, but left the court painfully in the second quarter and never returned.
Zeng Lingxu came off the bench and hit five consecutive 3-pointers helping Xinjiang jump out to a 72-54 lead going into the halftime break as Jarnell Stokes dominated the paint.
Fujian got within six points after Eugene Jeter finished a mid-range jumper in the fourth quarter, but Xinjiang were unfazed and answered with a 17-4 run to close out the win.
"We did a great job to limit the opponents' fast breaks, that's why we held on to win," Xinjiang head coach Adiljan said.
Zeng contributed 21 points and 11 assists for Xinjiang, while Fujian's Jeter and Wang Zhelin each got 33 points.