Scoring 10 points in the first quarter, Cao Junwei was a driving force as Shandong ended the quarter up 25-18.
"I don't want them to handle the ball at discretion. We can say 'it doesn't matter' after losing a game, but we cannot really take the defeat as nothing, as they can develop a habit of that. Even someday they get the chance of winning, they cannot show enough guts to win."
The 31-year-old Liu shot 13 of 20 from the floor and pocketed 29 points. Xing Jinbo led the Shanxi bench with 16 points. Wu Tongtong and Yu Dong nailed 17 and 13 respectively.
Honda, who joined the Rio de Janeiro club in February, capitalized on an errant clearance from goalkeeper Luan Polli to lash an unstoppable 20-yard shot into the top left corner.
Fujian's Wang Qiuyi scored a career-high 29 points but still couldn't stop the team from losing. Sichuan kept its double-figure margin during the ensuing three quarters, with its biggest lead at 30 points with two minutes left to play.
"We didn't execute as we prepared. Some players didn't respond well," rued Shandong coach Luka Sjekloca.
Botafogo were reduced to 10 men just after halftime when Rafael Forster was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Leandro Barcia.
The hosts continued on the front foot and went ahead for a third time with nine minutes remaining as Waldschmidt chested the ball down before hammering home from 13 meters.
"The concept of MMC is not new. In the past, it was more like two separate areas in one building. However, this time, Beijing 2022 will fully integrate the two to redefine the concept. The IOC hopes to take this chance to promote this practise to future Olympic Winter Games or even Olympic Games," Xu said. Enditem
The German coach has spotted a lack of mentality, but didn't mention the loss of efficiency and robustness.
Behind the top three, Racing Point's Sergio Perez finished a solid fourth, followed by the McLaren of Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri and Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari.