The Sichuan Blue Whale now have a 3-1 stranglehold over the Liaoning Leopards after winning their third game in a row. Former Utah and Houston forward Mike Harris had 34 points whilst Hamad Haddadi put up a 13 pt, 20 rebound double-double.
To the surprise of many, Guo Ailun started Game 4 less than 48 hours after injuring his hand fighting with Sichuan fans outside his team hotel. He Tianju, the other high profile Leopards player caught up in the incident, would watch the game from the sidelines.
Liaoning had their moments but ultimately looked drained from the media attention of the last day or so. Lester Hudson and Guo combined for 49 points but Sichuan rode Harris’ hot hand and managed to get enough production out of their local roster to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Game 5 will take place in Liaoning province amid mounted security and press attention. It is also worth noting that no team has ever come back from being down 3-1 in the Finals.