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Yao Ming Returns to China to NBA Exhibition Game


National Basketball Association star Yao Ming, from China, received a warm welcome and responded with 13 points, but it was not enough as the Sacramento Kings edged the Houston Rockets 91-89 in a preseason game played in Beijing.

Bobby Jackson made a fallaway jump shot from the right corner with 6.7 seconds left Sunday, to lift the Sacramento Kings to the victory.

Yao led Houston to a win over the Kings Thursday in his hometown of Shanghai. In Beijing, a crowd of almost 18-thousand chanted his name throughout the game as the NBA wrapped up its two-game preseason tour of China.

The Houston center said the two-game exhibition series "have provided Chinese basketball fans with a special opportunity to experience the passion of NBA basketball."