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McGrady’s triple-double carries Rockets

NICK OF TIME Lakers’ player Kobe Bryant scored nine of his 28 points in the final 7 1/2 minutes of the game to bring LA up from a 15-point deficit to beat the Knicks


The Denver Nuggets’ Linas Kleiza, 43, of Lithuania and the Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming of China battle for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday in Houston.


Tracy McGrady notched his fourth career triple-double and first this season and Yao Ming scored 32 points as the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 108-96 on Tuesday.

McGrady had 20 points and reached season highs in rebounds (14) and assists (10) for his first triple-double since last December.

Ron Artest scored 20 points off the bench and backup point guard Aaron Brooks added 18 points for the Rockets, who’ve won five of their last seven games despite a seemingly unending rash of injuries.

Carmelo Anthony scored 22 and J.R. Smith had 17 for the Nuggets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Chauncey Billups scored eight points for Denver.


At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored nine of his 28 points in the last 7 1/2 minutes as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat New York.

Trevor Ariza scored the go-ahead basket with 1:03 remaining to give the Lakers (21-3) their 14th win in 16 games. Lamar Odom made his first start of the season in place of the ill Pau Gasol and had season-high totals of 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Nate Robinson scored a season-high 33 points for the Knicks but missed a short jumper with about 12 seconds to play. David Lee had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Quentin Richardson also scored 18 points.


At Oklahoma City, Zach Randolph had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, and rookie Eric Gordon fueled a 10-point run in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles won its third straight.

Gordon finished with 22 points, Baron Davis scored 19, and Marcus Camby added 13 points and 15 rebounds as all of the Clippers starters’ reached double figures. Los Angeles has won three straight for the first time since starting last season 4-0.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 23 points, and Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox scored 13 apiece. The Thunder are now 1-12 under interim coach Scott Brooks, the same record they had when P.J. Carlesimo was fired.


At Charlotte, North Carolina, D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 29 points while outplaying fellow rookie point guard Derrick Rose, and undermanned Charlotte snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating Chicago.

Rose, the No. 1 pick, was held to six points on 3-of-16 shooting, with seven assists. Ben Gordon scored 25 points and Tyrus Thomas added 22 for the Bulls, who dropped to 3-10 on the road and failed to reach .500 for the first time in a month.

Emeka Okafor added 20 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.


At Portland, Oregon, Brandon Roy scored 29 points before sitting out the fourth quarter and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Portland beat Sacramento to snap a three-game losing streak.

Playing with a splint on the injured pinkie finger on his right hand, Roy fell just short of scoring 30 points for the fourth successive game.

The All-Star guard tore a tendon in his finger while scoring a career-high 38 against the Los Angeles Clippers last Friday.

John Salmons had 16 of his 21 points in the first quarter for the Kings and he didn’t score in the second half.


At Memphis, Tennessee, Chris Paul had 18 points, nine assists and five steals and James Posey scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as New Orleans snapped Memphis’ season-high, four-game winning streak.

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