BEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) — In an emotional Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) All-Star game, former Lakers guard Sun Yue became the MVP and helped the North edged the South 118-102.
Sun scored a team-high 28 points, Hudson added 24 points and 7 assists for the North. Gibson finished with a game-high 32 points, Yi Jianlian contributed 18 points and 9 rebounds to the South, his All-star teammates, Wang Zhizhi, grabbed 15 points and 7 rebounds. Tonight’s game was all about saying good-bye to Wang, who is reported to retire after this season.
“It’s a pity that Wang missed some shots, he intended to give more chances to the youth. I wanna share this award with him. This may be his last All-star game, he taught us so many things that we can benefit from for the rest of our lives,” Sun said.
After years of domination in CBA, Wang Zhizhi became the first Chinese player in NBA, playing for Dallas Mavericks. He returned to CBA in 2006-2007 season, and helped Bayi Rockets grabbed its eighth Championship. In the national team, his contribution was always indispensible.
Sun’s Beijing teammate, Stephon Marbury, missed the game due to knee injury.
Zhejiang guard Wang Zirui became the technique champion with 26.7 seconds. He Tianju from Beijing, who collected 16 points in the game, took the three-point title. Johnson of Zhejiang claimed the Slam King with a game-high 96 points in total.