HOUSTON - Deron Williams and Kyle Korver each netted 17
points and the Utah Jazz took advantage of Yao Ming's absence to
beat the Houston Rockets 97-89.
Yao, voted the starting center for the Western Conference in
next month's All-Star game, sat out with an upper respiratory
infection. It's the first game he's missed this season.
Tracy McGrady led the Rockets with 21 but Houston's offense
sputtered all night. The Rockets shot 44 percent from the field and
went 9-for-19 from the free throw line.