After an overtime victory in game two of the CBA finals Beijing Ducks all-star Stephon Marbury repeated the words “two-more”.
All it takes is two more victories for Beijing and they will be crowned CBA champions for the second time in franchise.
The Ducks played the first two games of the series in Xinjiang and after a 20-point blowout in game one, Beijing found themselves in a hole during game two.
But who better to have on your team to dig you out of these holes than CBA all-star Stephon Marbury.
Down by two with 23 seconds remaining in the game, Marbury hit the game-tying floater to push the game into overtime where Beijing took the lead and never looked back; final score of 90-86.
Marbury has been MVP of the playoffs thus far. He is averaging 18 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals per game.
Let it be known that Marbury would be the first to tell you it takes a team to win a championship. And teammates Randolph Morris and Sun Yue have been huge for Beijing in the finals.
Morris is averaging 27 points and 16 rebounds per game while Sun Yue is contributing with 15 points and six rebounds.
On the other end, Xinjiang is not playing like the Xinjiang team we have come to know this season.
CBA’s most valuable foreign player Lester Hudson is in a terrible shooting slump; he’s only converted on two of his 20 attempts from beyond the arc. Hudson and his foreign teammate James Singleton are shooting a combined 35 per cent from the floor.
Compare that with Marbury and Morris’ 45 per cent shooting and you can see why Beijing is up two games to none in this best of seven series.
Credit the referees for keeping doing a great job during the finals. Yes there are some questionable calls but believe or not fouls have been distributed evenly. In game one, Beijing was called for 25 fouls while Xinjiang were called for 24 fouls.
In game two, Beijing was called for 22 souls while Xinjiang were called for 21 fouls.
Game three tips off tonight at 7:30 p.m. on CCTV5.