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Yao powers Rockets past Hornets

New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul, center, looks to pass the ball as Houston Rockets' Yao Ming, left, of China, and Aaron Brooks, lower right, defend du...

New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul, center, looks to pass the ball as Houston Rockets' Yao Ming, left, of China, and Aaron Brooks, lower right, defend du...

China's giant center Yao Ming scored 21 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 91-82 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday.
Luis Scola had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who went 1-4 on a recent road trip.
Their lone win came in Los Angeles against the lowly Clippers on November 7.
On Saturday, Houston led nearly the entire game against New Orleans, trailing only once at 1-0.
The Rockets led 70-53 at the end of three quarters. The Rockets limited Hornets star point guard Chris Paul, who entered the game averaging 21.9 points, to 12 points on two field goals in 34 minutes.
Paul shot two-of-10 from the field, scoring his second basket with just 28 seconds to play.
The Rockets used a 15-2 run in the second quarter to jump to a 48-36 edge at halftime. New Orleans went 5:41 without a point while Houston ran off 11 straight.
Yao concluded the run with back-to-back free throws, the first for a three-second violation and the second against Hornets forward James Posey, a former Rocket.
McGrady scored nine points in the first and Scola's six propelled Houston to a 26-21 lead at the end of one period.
Cavaliers 105, Jazz 93
LeBron James scored 38 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers wore down the depleted Utah Jazz 105-93 for their seventh straight victory Saturday.
The Jazz, without four key players, led 74-72 with 1:10 left in the third quarter but could not survive the Cavaliers' onslaught over the last 13 minutes.
One of the National Basketball Association's best closers, James buried a three-pointer with 4:35 left, a power dunk at 3:56, and another shot from the arc at 2:25 to put Cleveland up 103-90 and effectively seal the deal.
James also had a big block on Carlos Boozer with 5:46 to play.
In other NBA action from Saturday: LA Clippers 103, Golden State 121; Atlanta 107, New Jersey 119; Philadelphia 110, Oklahoma 85; Minnesota 83, Portland 88; Chicago 104, Indiana 91; Milwaukee 97, Boston 102 (OT)