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Former NBA center Melvin Ely notched a double-double and three teammates also scored in double figures as the Gunma Crane Thunders cruised past the visiting Saitama Broncos 75-61 in Thursday’s series opener.

The 36-year-old Ely had a game-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, pulled down 11 rebounds and added two assists and two blocks.

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