ZHUJI, China, March 4 (Xinhua) -- With five players scoring in double digits, the Zhejiang Golden Bulls consolidated its third position in the CBA after a 112-107 victory over the Jilin Northeast Tigers here on Thursday.
Center Nicholas Rakocevic came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points, while Wu Qian and Sylven Landesberg finished with 17 points and 15 points respectively.
Dominique Jones nearly got a triple-double of 55 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for Jilin.
"Although we won the game, we didn't play very well. We let Jones score as many as 55 points. We need to figure out why," Zhejiang head coach Liu Weiwei said.
Zhejiang was coming off a 119-86 victory over the Nanjing Monkey Kings and ranked third among 19 teams with a record of 28-8, while Jilin was coming off a 116-107 loss at the Shanxi Loongs on Tuesday and sit three places below with 22-17.
With 39.3 points on average this regular season, Jones led the CBA in scoring. Meanwhile, the 33-year-old went into the game ranked third in the league with 8.6 assists per game.
The lead seasawed between the two sides in the first half. Jiang Yuxing's layup gave Jilin a 54-50 lead late in the second quarter. Zhejiang came from behind to tie it 54-all on a layup from Wu Qian at halftime. Jones had 13 points in the first quarter and 25 for the half. However, he missed all four attempts from the arc.
Wu came out strongly for Zhejiang in the third quarter, though he only scored two points in the first half. He notched 10 points in the period, including two three-point plays to help Zhejiang build a five-point lead. Lai Junhao hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Zhejiang led 83-76 going into the last period.
Jones showed why he was the best scorer in the league and he scored 13 points again th the third quarter, but Jilin couldn't get much of a contribution from others.
Zhejiang widened the gap to double-digits after Wu hit his first 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. Rakocevic made all six attempts in the period and grabbed three offensive rebounds to help Zhejiang firmly held the lead.
"Our rivals grabbed 21 more rebounds than us, that's the main reason why we lost," Jilin head coach Wang Han said afterwards. Enditem