Heat falls short vs. Yao, Rockets; Bulls edge Jazz

The Baltimore Sun

Ron Artest is difficult to please.

After seeing Yao Ming shake off waves of defenders in a 28-point, 12-rebound effort that helped the Houston Rockets beat the host Miami Heat, 107-98, last night, someone asked Artest to assess his center's performance.

"I thought he could have played better," Artest said.

Yao shot 9-for-15 from the field and scored 19 points in 19 second-half minutes, more than doing his part in keeping the undersized Heat at bay. Miami primarily used Udonis Haslem, 6 feet 8 - by far the smallest starting center in the NBA - against Yao, 7 feet 6.

"We did all right, but Yao's Yao," Heat forward Michael Beasley said. "He's 8 feet tall. Ain't much we can do."

Dwyane Wade scored 23 points for Miami, doing so on 7-for-23 shooting. Artest scored 20 points.

Bulls 101, Jazz 100: : Larry Hughes hit a 22-foot jumper as time expired and visiting Chicago dealt Utah its first home loss of the season.

Hughes got the rebound after Derrick Rose missed inside with Utah leading 100-99 and got off the winning shot in time as the Jazz stood stunned on the floor, looking to see if it counted. The play was reviewed and the shot stood to give the Bulls their second road win of the season.

Spurs 94, Grizzlies 81:: Rookie George Hill scored 20 for San Antonio. Tim Duncan added 14 points and Manu Ginobili scored 12 in his first game of the season. Ginobili missed the first 12 games after offseason ankle surgery. O.J. Mayo scored 26 for host Memphis.

Magic 108, Bucks 101: : Dwight Howard had 24 points and 13 rebounds for host Orlando, and Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis each added 22 points. Richard Jefferson got 25 for Milwaukee.

Bobcats 93, 76ers 84: : D.J. Augustin scored 25 points and added a career-high 11 assists. Elton Brand had 18 for visiting Philadelphia.

Trail Blazers 91, Kings 90: : Brandon Roy scored a season-high 28 points and Portland rallied during the final six minutes to beat visiting Sacramento.

Hornets 99, Clippers 87: : David West scored 27 points for visiting New Orleans, which won its third straight after a home-and-home sweep of Oklahoma City.

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