NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Houston
(Friday, November 9th)
Final Score: Houston 104, Milwaukee 88
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Yao Ming scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Houston over Milwaukee, 104-88, at the Toyota Center.
Yao added three blocks, hit all 14 of his free throws and shot 7-of-16 from the floor, getting the best of his fellow countryman Yi Jianlian in a much- anticipated matchup. Yi, a rookie, ended with a career-high 19 points, scoring 17 in the second half, and grabbed nine rebounds for the Bucks.
"I believe he will be an amazing player given time," said Yao of Yi. "He needs to adjust to the league first and then everything will fall into place."
An estimated 200 million people were expected to watch this game in China, which had its country's best two players showcased in this contest.
"I had a lot of opportunities and took them," said Yi. "I was just happy with my overall performance.
"I was concerned about the game and not thinking about anything else. What happened in the game was important. I wasn't thinking about [the matchup with Yao], it was the Rockets against the Bucks. I was concerned about playing a good game and upset when we lost."
Tracy McGrady ended with 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Rockets, who have won two straight and five of six games this season. Bonzi Wells added a season-high 18 points and Shane Battier scored 15 for Houston, which scored 14 straight points in the fourth quarter to take control.
Michael Redd scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Milwaukee, which had a two-game win streak halted and fell to 2-3 this season.
Down by eight points to start the fourth quarter, Andrew Bogut hit a pair of free throws and Charlie Villanueva drained a three to pull the Bucks within 78-75 less than a minute into the stanza.
Then, with 6:16 left, Yi drew Milwaukee within two points, 84-82, with a three-pointer. That, however, was as close as the Bucks got, as Houston responded with an 14-0 run to take control.
Wells scored six points during the surge, which was capped by a pair of free throws by Yao with 2:54 left for a 98-82 lead and the Rockets cruised to the finish from there.
"Yao was great, Tracy hit a couple of big three-pointers and Bonzi was terrific off the bench," said Houston head coach Rick Adelman. "(Wells has) continued to step up his game."
Bogut ended with just 10 points for the Bucks, who have dropped six straight to the Rockets.
"It was a combination of us not making key shots and also not doing stuff to Yao down low when we had to," said Redd. "He (Yao) made his free throws. Tracy made the big three. They made big plays and made their run."
Milwaukee led 25-24 after one quarter, but Houston used a 16-1 run to start the second quarter and build a double-digit lead. Yao scored eight points during the run, which he capped with a jumper at the 8:04 mark for a 40-26 cushion.
The Rockets cruised into halftime with a 50-41 lead and continued to keep the Bucks at bay throughout the third, going into the fourth with a 78-70 edge.
Milwaukee last beat the Rockets on December 28, 2004, 115-87, at the Bradley Center...The Bucks have dropped eight straight in Houston...The two teams combined to shoot 44-of-50 from the free throw line.
11/10 00:17:56 ET