The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) suspended two teams from the playoffs on Monday after it was discovered that the clubs were «intentionally indulging in shooting games.»

The CBA focused on the series between the Shanghai Sharks and the Jiangsu Dragons.

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Antonio Blakeney of the Jiangsu Dragons speaks to the referee during the Sharks game in Shanghai, China on April 9, 2023. (Ding Ting/Xinhua via Getty Images)

The CBA’s Ethics and Disciplinary Commission determined that the Sharks displayed «negative containment» in the second game of the three-game series, which the Dragons won, according to China Sports Insider’s Mark Dreyer. The Dragons were found to have had a «lack of competitive effort» in game three, which the Sharks won to advance to the next round of the playoffs.

Dreyer wrote on Twitter that the findings amount to match-fixing.

Each CBA franchise was fined around $727,000, while the team’s general managers and coaches received stiffer penalties.

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Jiangsu Dragons' Antonio Blakeney competes for the ball against the Sharks in Shanghai, east China, April 9, 2023.

Jiangsu Dragons’ Antonio Blakeney competes for the ball against the Sharks in Shanghai, east China, April 9, 2023. (Ding Ting/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Shanghai head coach Li Chunjiang was banned from registering as a basketball coach for five years. Jiangsu head coach Li Nan was banned for three years. Sharks general manager Jiang Yusheng has been suspended for three years from doing anything basketball-related, as Dragons general manager Shi Linjie has been suspended for five years.

«The Chinese Basketball Association has paid great attention to the CBA playoff game between Shanghai and Jiangsu, which has caused great doubts among the media and fans,» the association said.

«We have commissioned the CBA League (Beijing) Sports Co., Ltd. to launch an investigation into the matter and request the two clubs to submit their reports on the match.»

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Chinese Basketball Association President Yao Ming reacts during a press day on April 7, 2023 in Beijing.

Chinese Basketball Association President Yao Ming reacts during a press day on April 7, 2023 in Beijing. (Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Former NBA players Michael Beasley and Eric Bledsoe were among those playing on the teams.

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«Some canceled our playoffs. I’ve seen it all,» Bledsoe tweeted.