Former NBA player Jianlian Yi had a 29-point, 16-rebound double double to lead the Guandong Southern Tigers past the Guangzhou Long-Lions 105-94 in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
The 7-0, 250-pound power forward shot a blistering 83 percent (10-of-12) from two-point range, while adding an assist and a block.
Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure) added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Guandong in the win.
For Guangzhou, Kyle Fogg (Arizona) poured in 28 points in the loss.
But the star of the game was Yi, who is averaging 30 points and 11.5 rebounds this season for Guangdong.
Yi was with the Lakers in training camp in 2015-16, but asked for his release after he didn’t think he would get sufficient playing time.
He was coming off a big performance at the 2016 Olympics for China, where he was Rio’s third leading scorer, averaging 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds, while shooting a blistering 47 percent from three-point range.
Yi also had a spectacular season in the Chinese Basketball Association that year and was named the 2016 CBA Domestic Player of the Year.
He led the 28-10 Guangdong Southern Tigers to the league’s fourth best record that season and the CBA playoff semifinals.
In 2015-16, Yi was the CBA’s 17th leading scorer, averaging 26.4 points along with 9.1 rebounds.
The previous fall, Yi guided China to the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, when he averaged 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks during the tournament and was named MVP.
Yi, who last played in the NBA in 2011-12, was picked 6th overall by Milwaukee in the 2007 NBA draft.
He has averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in five NBA seasons with the Bucks, Nets, Wizards, and Mavs.
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