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Dongguan beats Beijing to send Xinjiang home

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-02-02 09:46

BEIJING - Dongguan beat defending champion Beijing 112-104 to grab the final place in playoff of Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league on Sunday and sent Xinjiang home.

Dongguan beats Beijing to send Xinjiang home

Dongguan's He Zhongmian (No. 20) goes up for a shot during a game against Beijing in the final round of the CBA regular season in Beijing February 1st, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Xinjiang, runner-up to Beijing in last season's finals, failed to make into the top eight although it beat Foshan at 129-103. Xinjiang was double killed by Dongguan in the regular season, who shared a same 25-13 record.

A 37-24 third-quarter helped Dongguan coming from behind to beat Beijing, who led by 11 points by halftime. Bobby Brown scored 15 of his game-high 46 points in the third quarter to lead Dongguan. Ike Diogu added 31.

Randolph Morris led Beijing with 36 points and 11 rebounds while Stephon Marbury finished with only 9 points but eight assists.

Dongguan will play against Guangdong in the first round of playoff, which will start on Friday. Guangdong's 26-game winning streak ended as they lost to Guangsha 119-125, which is coached by Guangdong's former head coach Li Chunjiang. But the 34-4 result still rewarded Guangdong the top place in standings.

Beijing, who finished fourth, will play against Jilin, who beat Jiangsu 113-97. Second-placed Liaoning will play against Guangsha while the other quarterfinal will be played between Shanxi and Qingdao.

Liaoning beat Fujian 115-107 while Shanxi defeated Sichuan 117-100. Qingdao beat Tianjin 135-119 to secure the third place.

In Sunday's other matches, Shanghai thrashed Chongqing by 110-66. Bayi beat Zhejiang 131-116. Tongxi lost to Shandong at 109-120.

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