Zhejiang edge Guangzhou, extend win streak to 9

Golden Bulls goes for a lay up during the 34th round match between Zhejiang Golden Bulls and Guangzhou Loong Lions at 2022-2023 season of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, March 13, 2023. (Xinhua/Lu Hanxin)"/>

The Zhejiang Golden Bulls overturned the Guangzhou Loong Lions 92-80 to continue its ninth consecutive win, while the Guangdong Southern Tigers smashed the Shanxi Loongs 129-99 in the 34th round of the 2022-23 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league regular season on Monday.

Guangzhou started the game with a 13-3 run and led the first quarter 23-17. League leaders Zhejiang answered with an 11-0 run led by Jarmar Gulley in the second quarter. With an improved defense, Guangzhou led the first half 47-40.

Moses Wright's 3-pointers helped Zhejiang overturn at 60-58. The game was tied at 62-62 before Nathaniel Mason's free throws gifted Guangzhou a 2-point lead at the end of the thrid quarter.

Gulley's key 3-pointer turned the tide for Zhejiang, and he continued to score big to seal the victory. Gulley earned a team-high 24 points. Nathaniel Mason had a game-high 29 points for Guangzhou.

The game between Guangdong and Shanxi was a one-sided affair.

Guangdong started off strongly with a 3-pointer from Marshon Brooks and led the first quarter 27-23. In the second quarter, Guangdong expanded its advantage to 12 points at 60-48.

After the interval, Guangdong build a 22-point cushion into the final quarter and never looked back. Brooks scored a game-high 31 points plus 8 rebounds and 10 assists.

Also on Monday, the Zhejiang Lions crushed the Tianjin Pioneers 112-83, the Beijing Royal Fighters beat the Jiangsu Dragons 94-85 and the Qingdao Eagles defeated the Nanjing Monkey Kings 93-76.