BEIJING - Stephon Marbury snatched a game-high 30 points plus nine rebounds and eight assists as Beijing Ducks cruised past Shanxi Zhongyu 3-2 with a 110-98 home victory on Sunday, making it to the CBA finals for the first time.
The 35-year-old Marbury, who played 13 seasons in the NBA with Minnesota, New Jersey, Phoenix, New York and Boston, has been regarded as a hero after leading Beijing to the CBA semifinals in style in his first season with the Ducks.
Randolph Morris added a double-double - 27points and 10 rebounds, while Shanxi top scorer Marcus Williams suffered cold hand with 25 points, only 8-of-17 in the field as Beijing usurped a double-digit lead on 29-13 in the first quarter and never looked back.
Charles Gaines led Shanxi with 30 points and 14 rebounds.
"I gave all my credit to the players.Tonight they did their best and the game was perfect," said Beijing coach Min Lulei.
"Year after year, game after game, we suffered a lot. Tonight our dream came true and we deserved it," he added.
It was two strongest ever teams for both Beijing and Shanxi in their franchise history. Marbury brought Beijing not only a season-long 13-game winning streak, but a brand-new basketball philosophy in both offensive and defensive ends. He led Beijing with 26.1 points per game, 12th in CBA, and his 6.2 assists ranked fourth of the whole league.
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