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NBA: Yao Scores 38 to Lead Rockets Over Wizards


Houston's Yao Ming scored 23 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Rockets to a 114-109 win over the Washington Wizards in National Basketball Association action Saturday.

Yao's season-high output nearly offset the 41 points scored by Gilbert Arenas in Washington's losing cause. Houston's victory snapped the Wizards' three-game winning streak.

New York's Eddie Curry scored a career-high 36 points in the Knicks 115-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Boston's Paul Pierce hit a buzzer-beater to complete the team's comeback from 20 points down, giving the Celtics a 92-90 win over the New Jersey Nets.

Golden State's Don Nelson became just the second coach in NBA history to win 1,200 games, joining Lenny Wilkins, as the Warriors thumped the New Orleans Hornets, 101-80.

The Orlando Magic handed the Philadelphia 76ers their seventh straight loss with an 86-84 victory. The Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Indiana Pacers, 107-75. The Los Angeles Clippers got by the Memphis Grizzlies, 89-82. The Minnesota Timberwolves snapped the Chicago Bulls' seven-game winning streak with a 91-81 victory. And, the Dallas Mavericks used Josh Howard's 30 points to defeat the Denver Nuggets, 105-90.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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