CBA: Jackson drills game-winner for Beijing with 1.8s left in OT
Updated 15:52, 14-Jan-2019
Wen Shunshun
The Chinese Basketball Association's (CBA) Beijing Ducks defeated the Nanjing Monkey Kings 97 to 96 in overtime (OT) on Thursday. The capital crew were shorthanded with Zhai Xiaochuan serving a one-game suspension, but Aaron Jackson stepped up to force the extra session, and then deliver the game-winning shot.
Nanjing started strong at home, as Mardan Tursun put the Monkey Kings ahead by five.
But later in the first quarter, Jackson stopped and popped to cut Beijing's deficit to a deuce, on his way to a team-high 32.
Hosts Nanjing went up by six in the second courtesy of a fast-break layup by Joe Young. The former Indiana Pacer continued to torch the Ducks, en route to a game-high 40.
Later in the third, Justin Hamilton's tip-in put Beijing up by five. Nanjing turned to battle back, as Mardan's jumper put the Monkey Kings ahead 86 to 84, with 4.8 seconds left in the match. But Jackson responded by driving into the lane and hitting a runner, tying things at 86 with less than a second to go and that forced overtime.
Joe Young put the Monkey Kings in front by four in the extra session. But Jackson, the one-time Houston Rocket, again banked in a go-ahead runner with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Coach Gintaras Krapikas was not happy with the home team's defense, or with the inbound pass, which was stolen by Hamilton who ran out the clock.