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Yi, Durant named NBA's rookies for December
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Yi Jianlian (R) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith in the first half at their NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Georgia on November 28, 2007.

Milwaukee Bucks' Yi Jianlian and Seattle SuperSonics' Kevin Durant on Wednesday were chosen as the NBA's top rookies for December.

Yi, selected sixth in the NBA draft, won the honor for the Eastern Conference. He averaged 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds last month and ranked second in scoring and rebounding among rookies.

In addition, the power forward from China scored a career-high 29 points in a 103-99 win over Charlotte on Dec. 22.

Seattle Supersonics forward Kevin Durant dunks uncontested for two points against the Toronto Raptors during the first period of their NBA basketball game at Key Arena in Seattle December 21, 2007.

Durant, taken second in the NBA draft, won the Western Conference rookie award for the second month in a row. He is averaging 19.7 points a game.

The 19-year-old also fired in 35 points on Dec. 7, his best scoring night in the NBA, in a 104-98 victory over Milwaukee.

(Agencies via Xinhua News Agency January 3, 2008)

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