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                  *** NBA Game Summary - Houston at New York ***                            (Wednesday, January 9th)                       Final Score: Houston 101, New York 92  New  York, NY  (Sports Network) - Yao  Ming scored a season-high 36 points and grabbed  11  rebounds to  lead the  Houston Rockets over  the New York Knicks, 101-92, at Madison Square Garden.  Rafer  Alston added 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Rockets, who  have won four  straight. Luis Scola tallied 19 points and Luther Head had 12  for Houston,  which  improved  to 6-2  without  injured  star guard  Tracy McGrady.  Yao hit 14-of-21 shots and went 8-of-9 from the free-throw line as the Rockets offense  went  through him nearly every  time down the floor.  "We wanted to go to him every time we had the opportunity,"said Rockets head coach Rick Adelman. "We really didn't think they had anyone who could guard him."  Yao's defense also made New York's Eddy Curry almost invisible. One night after scoring a game-high 29 points and grabbing eight rebounds in a 105-100 win in Chicago, Curry was held to 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting in this game.  Jamal Crawford had 21 points to lead the Knicks, who failed to win consecutive games  for the  first time  since capturing  a season-high-tying  two straight November  24-26.  Nate Robinson had  16 points  and Stephon Marbury tallied 15 points  and six assists for New York, which has lost eight of nine overall and four straight at home.  New  York head coach  Isiah Thomas was ejected early in the fourth quarter for making  contact  with official Eric Lewis.  Thomas was upset by a no-call, and while  play was  still going  on, he  walked onto  the court  and appeared  to inadvertently make contact with Lewis, earning the automatic ejection.  "I thought Yao Ming had been in the lane for a long time," said  Thomas, who said he spoke to officials about a possible three-second violation earlier in the game. "I wasn't trying to get ejected. I was trying to get a technical foul, cause I did want to bring it to their attention. I was close enough, in his ear, that he could hear me. I didn't bump him or anything like that."  Ahead 75-74 to start the fourth, Alston, a New York native, spearheaded a 12-2 run.  Alston scored seven points during the run, which he capped with a jumper at the 6:44 mark for an 87-76 cushion.  Thomas  was  tossed during  the run  and New  York's defense disappeared after that.  Every time the Knicks attempted to get close from there, it seemed the Rockets always had an answer, and mostly because of lackadaisical defense by New York.  After  Crawford  hit a  three with 5:51  left to get  the Knicks within 87-80, Shane  Battier was not  accounted for on Scola's missed jumper and had an easy putback.  Then,  after  Crawford's driving layup  got the  Knicks within 90-85 with 4:29 remaining,  Head hit  a wide-open three-pointer as New York failed to get back in transition.  Houston  later scored  six straight points to increase the lead to 101-90, and coasted to the finish.  Zach  Randolph had 10 points and 11 boards for the Knicks, who have lost seven straight overall and five in a row at home to the Rockets. New York's last win against  the Rockets came on November 18, 2004 at Houston. The last win at MSG was on February 25, 2003.  The  night started slow  for the Knicks, missing their first 12 shots from the floor.  New York broke  the slump when Randolph hit a lay-in with 5:55 left in the opening quarter.  Houston  carried a  25-19 lead into the  second, but the Knicks rallied in the stanza, scoring 34 points. Down 41-35, Robinson's three-pointer started a 13-2 run that gave New York a 48-43 lead. The Rockets managed to tie the game at 50 just  seconds  before the break, but  Robinson's halfcourt heave at the buzzer sent the Knicks into the break with a 53-50 edge.  The  third quarter was close throughout, but Houston went into the fourth with a 75-74 edge after Yao hit a pair of free throws with nine seconds left.                                    Game Notes  Thomas'  ejection was  his first  this season  and just  his second  technical foul...New  York fell  to 7-12 at home...Houston, playing the second of a two- game road trip, improved to 11-11 on the road.         01/09 23:53:39 ET
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