HANGZHOU, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Marcus Edward Denmon scored a career-high 54 points to help Zhejiang Golden Bulls to a 123-118 victory over Qingdao Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league here on Thursday.
A layup by Jiao Hailong of Qingdao cut the lead but the hosts still led 32-28 in the first quarter. The away team stormed to a 11-6 run, with eight points from Darius Adams, to level things up 58-58 at the half.
The game was close in the third quarter, though Qingdao used a 7-0 run after Denmon made a layup for the hosts to make it 93-87 into the fourth quarter.
Dakari Johnson missed both free throws for Qingdao, while center Zhang Dayu scored two points for Zhejiang to make it 117-116 with only 16.7 seconds remaining, the slightest margin which the hosts have kept till the last whistle.
Lin Weihan of Qingdao received a foul for unsportsmanlike conduct when he tried to make a steal, before Chen Shuaipeng made a pair of throws to make it 121-118 with 7.2 seconds left.
After Jiao Junlong failed to hit an open three-pointer, Chen grabbed the rebound to ensure the second straight win for the hosts.
Denmon led Zhejiang with 54 points and 10 rebounds, guard Wu Qian added 21 points and six assists, and Zhang Dayu finished with 17 points.
Adams scored a team-high 37 points, while Johnson contributed 26 points and a game-high 21 rebounds for Qingdao.