DALLAS -- Yao Ming and Ron Artest powered a 16-2 run late in the fourth quarter, carrying the Houston Rockets to a 112-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night in the debut of new Mavs coach Rick Carlisle.
Yao finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Artest scored
29 points. He had seven points in the decisive run, which began
with the game tied at 92. Along the way, he also showed his
allegiance to his new big man.
After Yao was fouled hard and caught a late elbow from Dallas'
Josh Howard, Artest rushed between Yao and Howard. Officials
quickly got involved, then decided to give Artest a technical foul.
Yao then showed his allegiance by telling an official, "He was
trying to separate us." The new teammates walked away slapping