Yao Ming's minutes increased and so did his offensive
Yao scored 22 points and second-round pick Steve Novak added 17
points, including five 3-pointers, as the Houston Rockets cruised
to a 111-97 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in a preseason
After contributing eight points on 3-of-9 shooting and eight
rebounds in 15 minutes of his preseason debut Tuesday against
Dallas, Yao saw nearly double the amount of time on Wednesday,
converting 8-of-21 attempts and all six foul shots. He sat out the
first two exhibition contests due to toenail surgery.
Yao, who also grabbed seven rebounds, sparked an 8-0 run to end
the first half with a pair of free throws and capped it with a
layup for a 60-51 cushion at the break.
Kirk Snyder had 15 points and Rafer Alston chipped in 12 for the
Rockets, who made 14 3-pointers. Tracy McGrady, Bonzi Wells and
Shane Battier did not play.
Michael Redd scored 21 points in 20 minutes for the Bucks, who
sank 11-of-19 shots from the arc. Lynn Greer netted 15 points, Mike
Harris added 14 and second-round selection David Noel had four
steals but missed all three shots in 23 minutes.
(Xinhua News Agency via nba.com October 19, 2006)