Big time players make big time plays in big time games and in China, Stephon Marbury is ‘big time’.
The Beijing Ducks led for a majority of the game as they defeat the regular season champion Guangdong Southern Tigers 110 -102.
Marbury finished with a game-high 31-points on nine of 15 shooting. Down the stretch when Guangdong was making a push to comeback and take the lead Marbury stepped up and took control hitting three straight shots including a sweet floater in the lane over CBA’s most valuable player Yi Jianlian.
Marbury averaged 33-points in this series. Randolph Morris pitched in with a double-double, 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Ducks while Yi led the way for Guangdong with 30-points and nine rebound.
For 37-year-old Marbury, it’s the second time in three years he leads his Beijing Ducks team to the finals. The last time Marbury played in the finals (2011-2012) he won the CBA championship.
The Ducks will face CBA foreign MVP Lester Hudson and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the finals. Game 1 is schedule for Wednesday, March 19th at 7:30 p.m in Xinjiang.