ZHUJI, China, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Jilin Northeast Tigers defeated the Beijing Royal Fighters 99-81 for their sixth consecutive win in the 2020-21 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Friday.
After a 7-0 run, the Northeast Tigers grabbed a 31-15 lead in the first quarter.
Led by former NBA player Joseph Young, the Royal Fighters fought back and at one point narrowed the gap to five points in the second quarter.
However, with more players getting on the scoreboard, Jilin managed to regain an advantage of around 20 points and held their lead until the end.
Young scored a game-high 27 points, Hou Yifan finished with 16 points and six rebounds, and Wang Shaojie contributed 10 points.
For Jilin, Jiang Yuxing collected a team-high 21 points along with six rebounds and six assists. Dai Huaibo had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Cui Jinming pocketed 18 points.
"Basketball is a very physical sport. If the other team uses their strength and sees that you can't push back, they will push ever harder. That's what happened today," rued Ducks coach Stephon Marbury.
Jilin head coach Wang Han praised his team's efforts. "Our defense was good, as we successfully restricted Young from scoring high points. We also had 13 more rebounds than our opponents." Enditem