Jeremy Lin scores 26 points as Beijing Ducks open with three straight wins
The Beijing Ducks are now 3-for-3 in the new season after beating the Shanghai Sharks at home 94-88. Jeremy Lin continued to impress for the hosts by scoring a game-high 26 points while backcourt running mate Fang Shuo added 19.
Former Beijing forward Li Gen's three cut Shanghai's deficit to a deuce in the first quarter before Donatas Motiejunas finished a fast-break to put the Sharks in front early in the second quarter.
The Lithuanian center later dished to American guard James Nunnally for two of his 19, and the visitors led by four. The Ducks battled back. Zhu Yanxi set up Lin for a drive to the rim that got the crowd back into the game at the Wukesong Arena.
Justin Hamilton hit a jumper over the big Lithuanian for his first bucket shortly before halftime. Shanghai fell behind in the third, but Motiejunas, who was once Lin's teammate in Houston, beat the buzzer to tie the game at 69.
The hosts displayed some nice ball movement in the fourth before Hamilton hit a dunk in a couple of his 12 points for the home side. With things tied at 81, Lin drove into the paint and hit a step-back jumper that put Beijing back in front.
"I think it's great to see us operate like this in difficult moments," Beijing Ducks Coach Yannis Christopoulos said. "We got the ball to the people who were supposed to have the ball. I think we defended really smart in the end."
Finally, Fang's ball kissed off the glass, closing the door on the Sharks' hope of a late rally, as the Ducks won by six.