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China advances to next round in Worlds! More photos here from incredible win vs. Slovenia

August 24th, 2006
by John
Yao celebrates with his teammates after the last-second 3-pointer by Wang Shipeng to win 78-77.  The victory allows China to advance to the second round of 16 teams in the World Championships. Yao celebrates with his teammates after China’s last-second 3-pointer by Wang Shipeng to win 78-77. The victory allows China to advance to the second round of 16 teams in the World Championships.

You can see more photos from China’s incredible buzzer-beating win against Slovenia by clicking here, here, and here. Wang Shipeng‘s dribbling up the court with just six seconds remaining and hitting a 3-pointer as time expired is arguably one of the biggest shots in Chinese basketball history!

Who would have thought a couple of days ago, when China had an 0-3 record, that Yao’s prediction of China advancing to the next round would become true? He took it upon himself to make sure they could win against Slovenia, scoring 36 points, grabbing 10 boards, and blocking 4 shots in the 78-77 win!

Click here for a story on the game. I love this quote from Yao after the game:

“This was just so exciting. So dramatic. I just gave someone 500 bucks to go buy souvenirs. I want to remember this.”

In another article written later, Yao had these other comments:

“Man, that’s a really clutch shot (by Wang Shipeng to win it). It was just the kind of shot that we see in the NBA. But it is hard for me to imagine that it would ever be coming from us.

“I tell you, I would pay anything I can pay to buy his (Wang Shipeng’s) jersey and let him sign it for me. Name the price.”

“We just want to fight like men. So even if we lost, we could return to China and face our families, our parents, our friends and say that we fought.”

“We need to be in these spots (do-or-die situations). If you follow the improvement we’ve had in the last two years, we’ve had more games like tonight. Close games that go to the last minutes. It is only going to help us. That is when you find who is the winner. This is so big for us to win this way. We need more of these experiences, learning how to play when everything is tight.”