Although 40-year-old veteran Stephon Marbury had 20 points and six rebounds on Thursday night, Aolong lost to Marbury's former club 105-108 in a Beijing derby in the 26th round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league.
Aolong had a 10-2 run after Beijing tied the game 11-11, and grabbed a five-point lead in the first quarter.
With help from Fang Shuo's three-pointers, Beijing overturned the score in the second quarter. The fourth quarter saw Fang Shuo hit a three-pointer with about one minute left, and Aaron Jackson nail the victory for Beijing, which have collected four straight wins.
Fang Shuo scored a game-high 27 points with five out of nine three-pointers, Aaron Jackson and Zhai Xiaochuan contributed 19 points each, and Justin Hamilton had 18 points.
He Xining got a team-high 22 points for Aolong, and Marbury, Zaid Abbass and Yang Jingmin had 20 each.
In the other matches on Thursday, Shandong defeated Liaoning 103-98 as Ding Yanyuhang had 23 points and six rebounds, and Zhejiang beat Tianjin 94-88.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)