Former NBA player Stephon Marbury justified his status as the highest profile import in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) with an MVP performance at the league's All Star weekend.
The former Minnesota, New Jersey, Phoenix, New York Knicks and Boston point guard, twice an NBA All Star, scored 30 points at Beijing's Wukesong Arena to lift his North team to a 133-121 victory over the South on Monday.
More than just his scoring, it was his array of "no-look passes, alley-hoops and mid-court three-pointers" that won Marbury Most Valuable Player honours and rescued what had been "quite a dull game", according to the Xinhua news agency.
"I didn't expect anything before the game," Marbury, who plays for the Shanxi CBA team, said.
"I just wanted to have fun here. But I do think I made some impact on this game."