Liaoning hopeful Zhang defends CBA Rising Star of Month honor

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BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) — The Liaoning Flying Leopards forward Zhang Zhenlin was awarded the CBA Rising Star of the month for the second consecutive time on Monday.

Zhang, who frequently scores highlight-reel slam dunks, averaged 18.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.8 steals over the last 11 matches.

The monthly honor added to Zhang’s explosive performance in recent weeks, as he won the Most Valuable Player of the Rookie Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest champion during the All-Star Weekend earlier this month.

Zhang has averaged 14 points, 5.2 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals so far this season, as Liaoning is placed second on the 19-team standings with a 39-8 record. Enditem

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