Yi Jianlian shines during CBA All-Star Weekend
By Hu Shichen
The CBA All-Star game was held in Shenzhen on Sunday, as former NBA player Yi Jianlian lead the South against Ding Yanyuhang's North team.
Playing at home in Guangdong Province, Yi started with a jump shot and an alley-oop. The two teams tied at 37-37 in the first quarter but consecutive three-pointers helped the South establish a 78-71 lead before the half time interval. 
A sudden block of Yi on Guo Ailun triggered laughter in the stadium, the latter soon responded with a dunk off a fast break. The North cut the deficit to two points as the third quarter ended. Guo and Shandong's forward Ding Yanyuhang joined hands to help the North jump ahead in the middle of fourth quarter. But Jimmer Fredette and Yi secured the victory for the South with a 10-2 streak in the last two minutes of the game.
CBA player Guo Ailun in action /VCG Photo

CBA player Guo Ailun in action /VCG Photo

In addition to 28 points, Yi contributed 11 rebounds, two blocks and four assists. He lifted the MVP trophy before CBA chairman Yao Ming came into the court to award the whole team.
Yi was named MVP on Sunday as he contributed a game-high 28 points and eight dunks to lead the South to a 147-138 victory over the North. 
Six players from the South scored double-digits. Fredette and Marshon Brooks both had 26 points while Zhao Tailong contributed 18. Darius Adams led the North with 20 points and eight assists. 
Yu Dehao of Shenzhen won the Skills Challenge and Yu Changchun took the Three-Point Shootout with 24 points. 
As a part of basketball reform, players of the Chinese University Basketball Association are now able to participate in the All-Star Weekend. After a slam dunk jump over three people, Zhang Jianhao from Guangdong University of Technology won the Dunking Contest.