NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Houston
(Thursday, February 26th)
Final Score: Houston 93, Cleveland 74
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Yao Ming scored 28 points and pulled down eight rebounds, as LeBron James finished without an assist for the first time in his career and Cleveland lost Ben Wallace to a broken right fibula in a 93-74 defeat at the hands of the Rockets.
"It is a big win," said Yao. "We played against one of the best quality teams in this league. They have one of the top records and their quality is almost like playoffs. That is a really good test for us to see how far we can go."
Von Wafer added 19 points off the bench, Ron Artest scored 15 and Luis Scola donated 14 points and nine rebounds, as the red-hot Rockets won all six games on the homestand and have won nine straight at the Toyota Center.
James and Mo Williams scored 21 points apiece in a very uncharacteristic offensive performance for the Cavaliers, who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. Cleveland shot a season-low 33.8 percent from the floor to finish with a season-low 74 points.
Wallace broke his right fibula in the second period when he and Yao went up for a rebound in the middle of the lane. Yao's foot landed on Wallace's right leg, and the Cleveland forward played through the pain before exiting. He will miss an undisclosed amount of time after going scoreless in just under 17 minutes.
"It happened in the second quarter, but I don't know the exact play," said Wallace. "I thought it was a calf bruise and it would let up but it never did. It is broke. I saw the white line in the x-ray. Yao kicked me and it was a freak accident. I definitely will be back for the playoffs but hopefully before that."
Wally Szczerbiak added 11 points for the Cavaliers, who will also visit San Antonio, Atlanta and Miami on this four-game road trip.
Cleveland's offensive futility started from the outset. Houston scored six straight early in the period, as the Cavs were stuck at five points with 4:38 to go in the quarter and finished with 11 and an eight-point deficit.
The Cavaliers rallied a bit in the second quarter, closing within 45-40 at the half before they again went cold from the floor. Six straight from Yao opened up a 51-42 lead, but the Cavs cut the deficit to 56-50 after a James layup.
That bucket with 5:35 left was Cleveland's last points of the period. The Rockets scored the final 12 points to open a massive margin. Jumpers from Artest, Shane Battier and Yao capped the quarter for the 68-50 lead. The Cavs scored just 10 points in the stanza.
Houston rolled to victory in the final period, despite seven straight by the Cavs capped by a Williams corner three for a 72-61 game. Cleveland never cut the deficit below double digits in the final 12 minutes.
Cleveland's previous scoring low this season was 77 points in a loss to Washington on January 4...The Cavaliers mustered just 10 assists on 27 made baskets...Houston shot 49.3 percent from the floor and made eight three- pointers...The Cavs have lost three straight, 11 of 13 and 18 of their last 21 trips to Houston.
02/27 00:20:01 ET