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2009-08-04 16:29:19

The NBA said Tuesday it will tip off its 2009-2010 season with a doubleheader featuring reigning league champion Los Angeles Lakers against the LA Clippers. The intra-city rivalry will have the Lakers' Kobe Bryant going against Blake Griffin, the top pick in this year's NBA draft in the second game of the Oct. 27 doubleheader. The first opening-night game will pit Boston, the 2008 champion, against Cleveland. Orlando, which fell to the Lakers in the finals in five games, will open its season...

2009-07-21 20:20:00

The Houston Rockets said center Yao Ming had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left foot. He is expected to be out the entire 2009-10 season. The fracture was discovered following Houston's Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Western Conference semifinals. We were able to achieve not only fixation of the broken bone, but also realignment of the bones to improve the stress pattern on his foot, said Dr. Tom Clanton, the Rockets' team physician. The 7-foot-6...

2009-07-17 18:28:17

Veteran Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has decided to undergo surgery on his fractured left foot and likely will miss the 2009-10 season, the team said Friday. The 7-foot-6 all-star suffered the injury during Houston's 89-70 Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals. After much thought and reflection, I have decided to have surgery on my left foot, Yao said in a statement on the team's Web site. I am very grateful to have the support of teammates, fans and...

2009-06-03 21:00:57

The NBA's Championship Series begins Thursday with an unexpected matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic. Orlando pulled off a surprising Eastern Conference triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers and league MVP LeBron James. Now the Magic will try to do the same thing against the Lakers and their superstar -- Kobe Bryant. Of the 14 playoff series played to date this season, 11 have been won by the team that also captured the regular-season series. The other three playoff...

2009-05-14 23:48:05

Aaron Brooks and Luis Scola halted a third-quarter charge Thursday and Houston downed the Los Angeles Lakers 95-80 to force a Game 7 in their playoff series. Houston won for the second time in three games without center Yao Ming, who is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a broken foot. The one loss without Yao, however, was a 40-point crushing in Los Angeles and that is where the Rockets must play the deciding game of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday. The winner of that...

2009-05-10 18:39:46

Aaron Brooks had 34 points Sunday and the Houston Rockets blasted off with a 29-point first quarter, going on beat the Los Angeles Lakers 99-87. Shane Battier scored 23 -- 12 of them in the opening quarter, which ended with the Rockets leading 29-16. The win pulled Houston into a 2-2 with the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals. Game 5 will be played Tuesday in Los Angeles. Houston played without all-star center Yao Ming, who will miss the rest of the playoffs after suffering a...

2009-05-09 21:45:00

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will miss the rest of the NBA playoffs because of a small hairline fracture in his left foot, the team said Saturday. Yao underwent a CT scan Saturday that revealed the injury, suffered in Friday night's 108-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series. No surgery is needed but the all-star's expected recovery timeline is between eight to 12 weeks, the team said. Yao Ming had an initial test taken in the early morning...

2009-05-08 23:38:29

Kobe Bryant scored 33 points Friday and the Los Angeles Lakers ground out a 108-94 win over Houston in Game 3 of their playoff series. The Lakers assumed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals and regained home-court advantage. Los Angeles will try to make it three victories in a row Sunday when Houston hosts Game 4. The Los Angeles-Houston series has been marked by extra physical play on both sides, but Friday's game was relatively calm until the final moments....

2009-03-28 22:25:36

Yao Ming had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Aaron Brooks scored 21 Saturday to lead the Houston Rockets to a 110-93 win over the LA Clippers. Shane Battier added 15 points and Luis Scola and Ron Artest scored 13 each for the Rockets, who are one game behind the Southwest Division-leading Spurs after winning five of their last six games. The Clippers, playing without Marcus Camby (ankle) and Baron Davis (stomach ulcer), were led by Eric Gordon's 17 points with Chris Kaman adding 16. The Rockets...

2009-03-06 23:13:03

Aaron Brooks put Houston in front with 7.3 seconds to play Friday night and the Rockets held on to defeat Phoenix 116-112. Brooks' layup gave him am NBA career-best 30 points and boosted the Rockets to their ninth win in 11 games. Ron Artest added 21 points, Carl Landry had 16 and Luis Scola 15. Yao Ming scored 15 and equaled his high of the season with six assists. After Brooks gave Houston a 114-112 lead, Steve Nash missed a 3-point attempt. Artest converted two free throws with a second...

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