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Yao bests Shaq as Rockets cruise to an easy victory

AP , MIAMI

Jason Kidd, 5, of the New Jersey Nets goes to the basket against Antawn Jamison, 4, of the Washington Wizards during the third quarter of their NBA basketball game on Sunday in Washington. New Jersey won 105-93 in overtime.

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Yao Ming easily won his matchup with Shaquille O'Neal, finishing with 34 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 94-72 victory -- their fourth straight -- over the Miami Heat on Sunday night.

Yao scored 20 points in the second half. Tracy McGrady added 12 points and eight assists.

Dwyane Wade led Miami with 24 points but had only eight in the second half.

O'Neal's field goal early in the third quarter sent him past Patrick Ewing for 14th on the NBA's career scoring list with 24,817 points, but he finished with only 15 points in the game.

Lakers 91, Grizzlies 81

At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 21 points, Lamar Odom had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Los Angeles won in Phil Jackson's 500th game as Lakers' coach.

Andrew Bynum added 11 points, Smush Parker had 10 and Odom had seven assists as the Lakers ended a two-game losing streak.

Mike Miller scored 21 points -- tying his career high with six 3-pointers -- and had 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies.

Kings 107, Raptors 92

At Sacramento, California, Kevin Martin had 26 points, six rebounds and made all eight of his free throws as Sacramento extended its home winning streak against Toronto to nine games.

Ron Artest scored 15 of his 23 points in the first period to get things going as the Kings played another impressive game on both ends of the floor for their third straight win. Mike Bibby added 21 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Chris Bosh scored 19 points for the Raptors.

Nets 105, Wizards 93, OT

At Washington, Vince Carter's 34 points included a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime and Jason Kidd has 18 assists to go with his 77th career triple-double on Sunday night, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 105-93 victory over the Washington Wizards.

With Richard Jefferson out with a sprained left ankle, the Nets had to find scoring elsewhere. They got it from Nenad Krstic, who finished with 22 points, and Bostjan Nachbar, who added 15.

It all ran through Kidd, naturally. He had 15 points, 11 rebounds and all of those assists, moving past former Wizards point guard Rod Strickland for seventh on the NBA career assists list with a total of 7,997.

The Nets held Gilbert Arenas to 6-for-23 shooting and 25 points.

Clippers 92, Hornets 76

At Los Angeles, Elton Brand had 22 points and 10 rebounds and five other players scored in double figures for the Clippers.

The Clippers have won five straight -- all at home -- since losing at Phoenix on opening night. Chris Paul had 20 points for New Orleans.

Nuggets 108, Bobcats 101

At Charlotte, North Carolina, Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points and Denver forced Charlotte into a franchise-worst 29 turnovers.

J.R. Smith and Andre Miller each added 17 points for the Nuggets.

Brevin Knight scored 21 points for the Bobcats.

Mavericks 103, Trail Blazers 96

At Portland, Oregon, Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas in its 11th straight victory over Portland.

Zach Randolph had 20 points and nine rebounds for Portland.

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