Aaron Brooks

Rockets take off, roll

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.

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