Jeremy Lin dropped 36 points to help Beijing Ducks snatch an easy win against Guangzhou Loong Lions 109-86 in the 13th round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Tuesday.
Lin’s vigorous performance flushed the highest single-match score record among Beijing’s players. Besides, this match saw Lin’s former Golden State Warriors teammate, who reunited again with him in Beijing, Ekpe Udoh’s CBA debut.
After the tip-off, Lin was on fire and he made his first four attempts, gifting Beijing a 27-21 lead into the second quarter.
Beijing then launched a 25-2 run and increased their lead to 59-30 before half-time.
After the break, Nicholson dropped two 3-pointers to inspire Guangzhou an 8-0 spurt. But Beijing held a 20-plus advantage well and led 84-58 into the last quarter.
Guangzhou fought back hard at the beginning of the fourth quarter, only to see Lin hit two consecutive jump shot to clinch the victory for Beijing
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Shandong Heroes defeated the visiting side Nanjing Monkey Kings 132-122 to pick up two consecutive wins at home.
Seven players of Shandong posted double-digit points. Joseph Young of Nanjing reported a game-high 41 points.
Shandong merely entered the second quarter with seven points lead. But the following two quarters saw Nanjing’s collapse to lag 30 points behind the home side.
Nanjing managed a 37-18 run to close the gap to 11 points in the last quarter. However, Shandong still maintained their advantage to the end.