Rockets take off, roll

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While Yao Ming won the showdown with fellow Chinese Olympian Yi Jianlian, the smallest player on the court stole the show from the 7-footers.

Yao had 24 points and 16 rebounds and 6-foot Aaron Brooks tied his career high with 22 points as the Houston Rockets won their season-high fourth straight game with a 114-91 win over the host New Jersey Nets last night in a game that was televised live to China.

With Yao clogging the lane, the Rockets (19-9) limited the Nets (13-14) to a season-low 13 points in the first quarter in taking a 29-13 lead; they were never threatened again. Houston shot 58 percent for the game, including 9-for-19 from three-point range.

Keyon Dooling had 17 points to lead New Jersey.

Nuggets 97, Trail Blazers 89: : Nene scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds, Chauncey Billups added 19 points and 10 assists, and host Denver overcame the absence of Carmelo Anthony to end a three-game losing streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and Travis Outlaw had 15 for the Trail Blazers. Brandon Roy, who scored 52 points against Phoenix on Thursday, was held to eight.

Anthony (Towson Catholic) sat out with what the Nuggets called a bruised right elbow, which has bothered him since training camp. He will also miss tonight's game in Portland and Friday's home game against Philadelphia.

Magic 113, Warriors 81: : Jameer Nelson, named NBA Player of the Week yesterday for the first time in his career, scored a career-high 22 points and had seven assists for host Orlando.

Rashard Lewis scored 21 points and Dwight Howard added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, which held Golden State (8-21) to 31.9 percent shooting.

Lakers 105, Grizzlies 96: : Kobe Bryant scored 36 points and led a late rally to help visiting Los Angeles end a two-game losing streak.

The Lakers trailed 93-88 with 3:08 left but closed the game on a 17-3 run, including 10 points from Bryant.

Spurs 101, Kings 85: : Tony Parker committed five turnovers in the first 10 minutes but scored 18 points for host San Antonio, which won for the eighth time in 10 games. Sacramento was held to 40 percent shooting in its fourth loss in a row.

Off the court

Lakers: : A doctor recommended surgery for Jordan Farmar, who tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee last week against Miami.

The team said Farmar, who was averaging 7.9 points and 2.4 assists backing up Derek Fisher, has not decided whether to have surgery, and it's unclear how long he will be out.

Celtics: : Forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis will sit out at least one more game because of a car accident Sunday on the Massachusetts Turnpike that left him with a concussion and whiplash, the team said.

Nets: : Yi is being investigated by a Chinese-language magazine that claims he is one of many of the country's athletes guilty of lying about their ages on official documents.

The December issue of the Chinese-language edition of Sports Illustrated said a reporter for the magazine found records from Yi's middle-school registration in his hometown in southern China that said he was born in 1984.

His official basketball records say he was born in 1987. He is also listed by the Nets as being born Oct. 27, 1987.

Thunder: : Oklahoma City made a bid to fill its void at center by signing former Nets center Nenad Krstic, now playing in Russia, to an offer sheet.

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