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By the Beijing Ducks, the team's first Chinese Basketball Association title, behind a standout Finals performance from point guard Stephon Marbury. The former NBA All-Star fouled out with 1:20 left in last Friday's decisive Game 5, but not before scoring 41 points, and the Ducks went on to upset the defending champion Guangdong Tigers 124--121. Beijing took the best-of-seven series 4--1, with Marbury averaging 33.4 ppg. Following a 13-year NBA career that was at times contentious, polarizing and just plain bizarre (memorably, he once live-streamed himself online for 24 hours), Marbury, 35, moved to China in 2010, remaking himself as a gritty, selfless leader and winning over fans with his openness. "This has been an incredible experience," said a tearful Marbury—who reached the playoffs five times in the NBA without winning a ring—following the series. "We have been blessed as a team."