Jeremy Lin (R) of Beijing Ducks talks with his teammate Zhu Yanxi, July 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)
QINGDAO, China, July 24 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Ducks thrashed the Beijing Royal Fighters 102-86 in a derby in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Friday, taking 11 victories in a row.
Jeremy Lin scored nine points in a row in the first quarter and helped the Ducks build a 16-point lead.
The Royal Fighters fought back and outscored the Ducks in the following quarter by six points, as Arnett Moultrie contributed nine points in the period.
The Ducks continued their glittering performances to extend the advantage to 19 points in the third quarter and to over 20 points in the last one.
Lin got his 38th point just before the buzzer, setting a new record of single-game scoring in his CBA career and sealing the victory for the Ducks.
Fang Shuo and Ekpe Udoh each took 16 points for the Ducks, and Zhai Xiaochuan added nine.
Kyle Fogg got a team-high 23 points for the Royal Fighters, Moultrie finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Sun Yue had 11 points.
„We played against a better team, but we didn’t have enough focus. They came out and played how they needed to play to secure a top-four spot,“ said Stephon Marbury, coach of the Royal Fighters.
„It’s a difficult game. Both teams played well and offered the fans an exciting game, especially the Beijing fans,“ said Xie Libin, acting coach of the Ducks. Enditem.
The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league will see limited spectators back in arenas from July 26 before being fully open to fans from July 31 when the playoffs commence, the league’s governing body announced on Thursday.
Only medical staff, teachers and policemen will be eligible to watch CBA games from July 26.
The CBA said that, in accordance with the latest local anti-virus measures and relevant regulations, fans will have to buy tickets through a real-name online registration system and enter the arena with their ID.
Entrance is open to fans age 12 and over who have tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours.
The arena’s capacity is limited, with fans required to sit one meter away from each other and undergo a body temperature test before entry.
To safeguard spectators‘ health and safety, each spectator can only buy one ticket at a time. They are required to take a COVID-19 test at a specific place and time, and can purchase their ticket for games within 48 hours after receiving negative results.
Spectators also have to wear face masks throughout the matches and keep one meter away from others when leaving the arena.