Jeremy Pargo Leads Shenzhen Leopards to Victory Over Guangdong Southern Tigers in Game 3 of CBA Semifinals
The Shenzhen New Century Leopards continue their great run the CBA playoffs with a big win over the Guangdong Southern Tigers in Game 3 on Wednesday. The Leopards played inspired basketball in front of their hometown crowd as they were able to trim Guangdong's lead in the series 2-1.
Former NBA player Jeremy Pargo came up big for the Leopards off the bench with 33 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks in the 109-90 win, per Real GM. He also hit three of the 17 three-point shots for Shenzhen that was sizzling-hot from beyond the arc.
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Shooting guard Duo Meng was also on fire off the bench as he scored 18 points, all coming from three. Quan Gu added 20 points and six rebounds while former Phoenix Suns center Maciej Lampe had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
On the other hand, Guangdong was led in scoring by Donald Sloan with 27 points plus 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Zhou Peng also had a big game as he put up 25 points but it was not enough as only one other player scored in double-figures.
In an interview after the game, Shenzhen head coach Wang Jianjun was very happy about his team's performance. He praised his players' defense and he believes the three-point shooting will help build confidence for the next game on Friday.
"We played good defense tonight. Everyone on the court tried his best. Those three-pointers helped our players establishing their confidence. I think it will help us in the next matches," Wang said, via Xinhuanet.
The next two games will still be played at the New Shenzhen Arena with the Leopards hoping that they can manage to come back to Guangdong. As for the Southern Tigers, they are still the favorites to reach the CBA Finals but they need to get a least one more win in Shenzhen to increase their chances.