QINGDAO, China, June 30 (Xinhua) — With two big free throws, Jeremy Lin helped Beijing Ducks narrowly defeat Zhejiang Golden Bulls 92-90 in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league here on Tuesday.
Lin, scoring 17 points, received an inbounds pass and successfully drew a foul with 0.6 seconds remaining, and he mercilessly nailed the victory for Beijing at the free-throw line.
“We did a good job today. If we could handle the ball better at the crucial time, it could be us who chalk up the victory,” rued Zhejiang head coach Liu Weiwei at the post-game press conference.
Both teams rallied in the last minutes and finished with five players in double figures, while Zhejiang’s Wu Qian, who posted a game-high 22 points, failed to turn the tide with tough layups and jump shots.
“It’s a tough game, and Zhejiang played very well. But we kept calm throughout the game and played with teamwork,” commented Beijing coach Xie Libin.
Beijing opened the game aggressively on an 11-0 run, but Zhejiang cut the deficit to only one point through free throws in the first quarter and strengthened defense to tie the first half 44-44.
“Though we had our problems, we didn’t complain and worked them out as a team,” said Beijing player Zhai Xiaochuan.
Beijing continued to fire up at the offensive end in the third quarter and displayed better ball movement to hold off an attack from their opponents, taking a four-point lead into the last period. Enditem