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San Antonio at Houston

Rockets rout short-handed Spurs; Yao scores 24, grabs 10 boards

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

HOUSTON -- Yao Ming scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Shane Battier added 17 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 93-72 win over the undermanned San Antonio Spurs in a preseason game on Sunday night.

Tracy McGrady added 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting and Rafer Alston had 10 points and six assists.

Michael Finley and Matt Bonner scored 11 apiece to lead the Spurs, who played without regulars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Bruce Bowen. The quartet didn't even travel to Houston, but the remaining lineup built an early 20-10 lead.

Yao and McGrady missed nine of their first 13 shots and McGrady shot an airball on a mid-range turnaround jumper.

Alston and Battier sank 3-pointers and Battier had two putbacks during a 16-0 run that gave the Rockets the lead for good.

Finley's fadeaway with 9:05 left in the first half snapped a 7-minute scoreless drought for the Spurs.

Yao had a dunk and two layups late in the second quarter as the Rockets built a 43-36 halftime lead. McGrady swished his first shot after the break and Battier had a layup to extend the lead into double-digits.

The Rockets sank 10 of 23 shots in the third quarter and took a 66-56 lead to the fourth.

Yao collided with Jackie Butler with 8:35 left and went down hard. He got up holding his left elbow, but sank two free throws and stayed in the game.

The Spurs got no closer than eight in the final quarter and Steve Novak sank a pair of 3-pointers to push the lead to 90-72 just before the 2-minute mark.

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