"Defense is quite vital in such an intense game," he noted.
The 31-year-old Liu shot 13 of 20 from the floor and pocketed 29 points. Xing Jinbo led the Shanxi bench with 16 points. Wu Tongtong and Yu Dong nailed 17 and 13 respectively.
Further down the field, Giovinazzi's teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished a lowly 12th after an early clash with the Williams of George Russell, but the Finn also made a piece of F1 history by making his 323rd start, breaking Rubens Barrichello's long-standing record to become the sport's most experienced driver of all time.
In Group C, LGD came up with a risky line-up facing FNC and did not seize the opportunity in the decisive game, losing hope of progressing.
The marathon is a two-day-event, with smaller distances reserved for Saturday, while the 42-km long main race started on Sunday at 9am local time.
"Seeing his dominance for so long, I don't think anyone - and especially me - thought I'd be anywhere near Michael's records. It's an incredible honour."
TOKYO, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The 2021 Tokyo Marathon has been postponed from March 7 to October 17, organizers announced here on Friday.
Germany seemed destined for a 3-2 win but Turkey had the last laugh as Karaman was on target in injury time to share the spoils.
The teenager will see her world ranking improve to the No. 17 after this greatest win of her career up to date. Enditem
A participant takes part in the Water Sports Festival in the Dal Lake in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, Oct. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)
Ghana captain Andrew Ayew and Samuel Owusu were on target in the 63rd and the 65th minute to restore Black Stars' lead.