Rockets complete China sweep of New Jersey

Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets attempts to score as Brook Lopez of the New Jersey Nets challenges...

Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets attempts to score as Brook Lopez of the New Jersey Nets challenges during their NBA China Games series basketball game at the Guangzhou International Sports Arena in Guangzhou, October 16, 2010. (REUTERS/Joe Tan)

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Kevin Martin scored 16 points and Yao Ming added 10 in front of an adoring crowd, as the Houston Rockets completed a sweep of the two-game China Series against the New Jersey Nets with a 95-85 victory.

The Rockets also took the opener of the set on Wednesday in Beijing, 91-81, and on Saturday, Houston had six players score in double figures. Aaron Brooks netted 12 points and Brad Miller chipped in 11, while Shane Battier and Chase Budinger also posted 10 each.

Yao had nine points in 19 minutes on Wednesday and was cheered every time he touched the ball on Saturday. He played just 19 minutes again as his time on the floor will continue to be monitored early after missing all of last season following reconstructive foot surgery.

Brook Lopez scored 20 points and Anthony Morrow added 19 for New Jersey, while Devin Harris and Terrence Williams each finished with 16 in defeat.

Houston used a 9-0 run to turn a four-point deficit into a 21-16 lead late in the first quarter and the Rockets held a 26-20 edge after 12 minutes. The Nets got as close as two early in the second, but Houston again pulled away and opened a 53-42 lead at the break.

New Jersey again drew within two midway through the third, as a Harris bucket made it a 63-61 game, but Martin and Battier followed with consecutive three- pointers for Houston and the Rockets carried a 76-71 advantage to the fourth.

The Nets had a chance to trim a four-point deficit with just under seven minutes left, but Harris missed a three-point try and Kyle Lowry drilled a shot from beyond the arc for Houston to ignite a 9-0 burst. Miller drove the right side of the line for a bank shot and Budinger hit four free throws to finish the run and give the Rockets a 91-78 cushion with 4:19 to play.


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