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UM’s Manny Harris Drops 41 In China Playoffs

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Michigan’s Manny Harris Drops 41 In China Playoffs

Former University of Michigan star Manny Harris had a monster 41-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound triple-double to lead Anhui past Guizhou 131-111 in the China NBL playoff quarterfinals.

 

The 6-5 guard drilled 7 threes, while shooting a blistering 58 percent (7-of-12) from behind the arc and 56 percent (9-of-16) from two-point range.

 

Harris also had a whopping 4 steals in the game.

 

Chris Johnson (LSU) added 37 points and 20 rebounds for Anhui, which took a 2-0 series lead in the victory.

 

For Guizhou, Keith Benson (Oakland) had 28 points, while Emanuel Jones (U. Texas Rio Grand Valley) added 21 points with 12 rebounds in the loss.

 

But the star of the game was Harris, who is averaging 32.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists this season for Anhui.

 

He comes from the NBA D- League (now the G League), where he was the league’s second leading scorer this season, averaging 25.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2 steals for the Texas Legends.

 

“He has been one of the best two-way players in our league all season,” Legends Head Coach Bob MacKinnon told dleague.nba.com of Harris.

 

Harris also played four games with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks this year.

 

Explosive scoring games are not new to Harris, who averaged a whopping 35.9 points last summer for Anhui, leading the team to the Chinese championship.

 

He also shot a blistering 58 percent from the field on the season and was named the 2016 NBL Player of the Year.

 

A college star at Michigan, Harris led the team in scoring and assists as a junior, averaging 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 2009-10.

 

He left the Wolverines to turn pro that year, and has averaged 6.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in three NBA seasons with Cavs, Lakers, and Mavs.

 

Harris also led D-League in scoring in 2013-14 when he averaged 31.6 points a game for the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

 

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