Marbury and Telfair go head to head in China

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Sebastian Telfair has always looked up to his older cousin Stephon Marbury. Both Marbury and Telfair are basketball legends in Coney Island, New York. But since those days playing in the playground, you can count on one hand the amount of times Telfair and Marbury played against each other.

On Wednesday, Marbury and the Beijing Ducks were up against Telfair and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. The past has a strange way of repeating itself as Marbury trumps his younger cousin Telfair 115-106.

In 42 minutes played, Marbury had 17 points and seven assists.

In 24 minutes played, Telfair had 20 points and one assist.

A couple of strange things happened before and during the game. Before the game, each and every player and coach from Xinjiang received an “accidental” wake up call from the front desk of the Beijing hotel. The call was scheduled for 9 a.m. but instead, the front desk called everyone at 6 a.m.

Xinjiang fans needed to be escorted out of the arena by security as the two cities (Beijing and Xinjiang) have formed a big-time rivalry. Beijing fans are over passionate and Xinjiang fans are not the greatest guests at an away game.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of