Original title: No. 9 three-pointers in history!Wu broke out in the first half with Cui Yongxi’s all-round offense and defense + shocking make-up dunks
On November 8, Beijing time, in the 8th round of the 2023-2024 CBA regular season, the Zhejiang Men’s Basketball Team narrowly defeated the Guangzhou Men’s Basketball Team at home 105-100. The performance of the national-level players from both teams is eye-catching. Wu Qian, the local core of the Zhejiang team, scored only 3 points on 1 of 5 shots in the first half. He exploded and scored 20 points in the second half. He made 9 of 17 shots from the field and 5 of 10 three-pointers. A high of 23 points, plus 4 assists and 4 rebounds, and reached a personal milestone, ranking 9th on the CBA historical three-point list; Cui Yongxi, the local core of the Guangzhou team, performed well on both offense and defense, making 6 of 13 shots from the field and scoring 17 points and 9 points. He had 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals, including 7 offensive rebounds, and even staged a shocking and violent putback dunk.
After the game started, Cui Yongxi started the game, while Wu Qian continued to lead the Zhejiang team’s second lineup as a substitute. Cui Yongxi didn’t feel good at the start, but relying on his strong physical fitness, he continuously jumped high over the defensive players to pick off offensive rebounds, grabbed the ball with his big hands and easily made a lowhand layup to complete the second offense; then he cut to the basket and reversed. The basket was successful. Returning to the defensive end, “CBA Leonard” contributed two steals to help the Guangzhou team cling to the score in the away game. Wu Qian came on as a substitute at the end of the first quarter, but was in a sluggish state and failed to seize two absolutely open shooting opportunities from the outside. Fortunately, before the end of the first quarter, Wu Qian counterattacked and caught the ball in the bottom corner. He made a three-pointer at the buzzer of the quarter.
In the second quarter of the game, Wu Qian still failed to regain his form. A three-pointer from the outside missed the basket, and a fast-break counterattack made a dribbling error and went out of bounds. The rest of the Guangzhou team’s players were in poor condition and their offense stagnated, falling behind by 10 points. Cui Yongxi supported the team’s offense on his own. First, he held the ball in isolation on the right wing, changed direction significantly to pass the defense, hit a three-pointer from the outside with a step-back jumper, and then forced a breakthrough to make a free throw. Before the end of the first half, the Guangzhou team missed a shot. Cui Yongxi rushed into the penalty area from outside the three-point line, and directly completed a violent one-handed dunk through the Zhejiang team’s internal and foreign aid, which shocked everyone! In the first half of the game, Cui Yongxi scored 11 points and 5 rebounds, becoming the only player in Guangzhou to score in double figures. Wu made only 1 of 5 shots in the first half and only scored 3 points.
In the second half of the game, the Guangzhou team overtook the 10-point deficit in the third quarter. At the critical moment, Wu Qian redeemed himself. First, when the Zhejiang team’s offense stalled, he held the ball in isolation on the right wing and hit a three-pointer at the 24-second buzzer with a pull-up jumper; in the next round, , the left wing caught the ball and once again hit a long-range three-pointer from the outside; then at the same position, with his body losing balance due to defensive interference, he hit a difficult mid-range jumper. In just over 1 minute, one player scored 8 points in a row, helping the Zhejiang team regain the lead.
Cui Yongxi misplaced Yu Jiahao’s singles, changed direction and made a layup. At the beginning of the last quarter, he made a sudden pass and assisted Li Yanzhe to score “2+1”. But Wu Qian, who had regained his touch, was unstoppable on the offensive end. He first ran to catch the ball at high speed, and then hit a three-pointer at the 24-second buzzer with a pull-up jumper. He failed to hit the outside shot, but Wu Qian rushed into the penalty area alertly and made a free throw. He grabbed a tip-in; then under the double-team defense of two people, he broke through the difficult underhand layup and scored. Three minutes before the end, Wu Qian held the ball in singles and hit his signature pull-up three-pointer. His career three-pointers hit 1,038, ranking 9th in three-pointers in CBA history. The Zhejiang team also relied on Wu Qian’s personal offensive climax to gain a key double-digit lead.
Cui Yongxi did not give up his counterattack. First, he blocked the Zhejiang point guard and completed a one-stop dunk. Then he grabbed two offensive rebounds and assisted his teammates to hit two three-pointers, narrowing the point difference to only 5 points. At the critical moment, Cui Yongxi made one of two free throws and missed an open three-pointer, missing the opportunity to equalize the score. In the end, the Zhejiang team narrowly defeated the Guangzhou team 105-100.
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