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Old 08-15-2006, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Yao scores 21 vs. Australia, including game-winner

KUNSHAN, China -- Yao Ming scored the game-winner and finished with 21 points Tuesday to lift China past Australia, 63-61, in its final exhibition before the World Championships.

Andrew Bogut's jam tied the game at 61, but he missed a free throw and a chance to take the lead. China took possession with 15 seconds left and Yao scored the winning basket.

The game turned into a battle between Yao and Bogut, the Milwaukee Bucks' No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, who scored 20 points. Yao seemed to get the better of most of their exchanges, with Australia grabbing only 12 rebounds in the first half to China's 23.

With the return of guard Liu Wei, China was able to play with its full complement of stars. Liu, who had a tryout with the Sacramento Kings in 2004, had 10 points. Wang Zhizhi, China's first player in the NBA, added nine.

China won its first game in four exhibition appearances at home this month. The Chinese team lost to the United States, Germany and Brazil.

The game was played in a packed gymnasium just outside Yao's hometown, Shanghai.

Yao had a double-double in only 24 minutes of play.....

21 points (8/13 FG) (5/6 FT)
10 rebounds
4 assists
2 blocks
2 turnovers

Not bad at all, especially for the limited minutes.
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Old 08-16-2006, 08:21 AM   #2
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lol i was happy to hear that yao played well

but dissapointed that he had to do it against australia lol

low scoring game, but it sounds pretty thrilling, a good duel between yao and bogut
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Old 08-16-2006, 09:51 AM   #3
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nice to see Yao still have some Clutchness in him... we certainly gonna need that touch this coming Season...
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:28 PM   #4
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Yeah, you Rockets fan have something to look forward to. I hope he's worked on his jumpers.
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