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Chinese NBA fans cheer Kings, Nets -- but is 'wow' factor on the wane?
Chinese NBA fans cheer Kings, Nets -- but is 'wow' factor on the wane?

When the NBA preseason game in Beijing between the Sacramento Kings and the Brooklyn Nets went into overtime Wednesday night, Chinese fans in Beijing’s MasterCard Center stood up with excitement. But instead of cheering for the Kings’ Omri Capssi -- whose three-pointer tied the game as time ticked down -- many in the stands started to chant, “KG! KG! KG!” With five added minutes of overtime, the fans were hoping for a chance to see Nets’ star Kevin Garnett in action. But their wish was not granted by Nets coach Lionel Hollins, who kept the 38-year-old former NBA all-star off the court for the entire game. Still, the Nets’ bench players made a 17-5 run in...