Beijing Ducks opened their best start in the domestic league when they beat Bayi Fubang 84-78 to get the fifth straight win on Friday in the Chinese Basketball Association league (CBA).
Beijing Duck's Ji Zhe (51) goes up for a blockshot against Byi Fubang's Xu Zhonghao during a Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) game on Friday December 24, 2010, Beijing.
Randolph Morris proved to be the best imput during the offseason as the former Atlanta Hawks forward made a crucial layup with 10 seconds to take a 82-78 lead.
Morris had 27 points and 17 rebounds for the Ducks, which occupy the third placing on the standings after the win by a 5-1 record.
The game was so close that none of the teams had a clear advantage throughout the match. The scorelines was 19-19, 38-38, and 60-60 after the respective three quarters.
The lead was exchanged several times before Bayi led for the final time on 75-74 with four minutes to go.
Xie Libin made a 3-pointer and Morris added a layup to usurp the lead by 79-75, before Wang Zhizhi, who had 20 points, buried three free-throws on two possessions to make it one-point game again.
Leading by 80-78, Morris stepped up to beat Wang down the post for a hard layup to give the home team a comfortable four-point lead for the win.
League-leaders Xinjiang Guanghui improved their perfect record to 5-0 after beating Fujian SBS 110-93 on the road.
Quincy Douby had 42 points, 10 assits, seven rebounds and six steals to lead Xinjiang.
Dongguan Marco Polo remained on the second with another 5-0 record by beating Foshan 102-89 at home. Zhang Kai led the team with 27 points and 13 rebounds.
In Friday's other matches, Shanxi Zhongyu beat Zhejiang Chouzhou 108-97, Zhejiang Guangsha beat Tianjin Ronggang 98-96, Guangdong Hongyuan beat Qingdao Doublestar 123-99, Jiangsu Dragons beat Liaoning Hunters 85-81 while Shanghai Sharks beat Jilin Northeast Tigers 97-91.