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Rockets rocks Lakers in second round series opener

2009-05-05 06:17:46 GMT2009-05-05 14:17:46 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Yao Ming (R) of Houston Rockets passes the ball past Pau Gasol of Los Angeles Lakers during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, May 4, 2009. Houston Rockets won 100-92.(Xinhua/Qi Heng)

Yao Ming (C) of Houston Rockets goes to the basket during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff game against Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, May 4, 2009.(Xinhua/Qi Heng)

Yao Ming (R) and Ron Artest of Houston Rockets react during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff game against Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, May 4, 2009. Houston Rockets won 100-92.(Xinhua/Qi Heng)

WASHINGTON, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Yao Ming, who overcame a knee injury in the fourth quarter, had 28 points and 10 rebounds, to lead the Houston Rockets to a physical 100-92 opening victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday in Western Conference semifinal series.

Ron Artest added 21 points and Aaron Brooks had 19 for the Rockets.

Kobe Bryant, who finished a distant second to LeBron James in NBA MVP voting announced earlier Monday, scored 32 points, doing his best to keep the Lakers in the game.

Houston forward Shane Battier needed four stitches to close a gash over his left eye late in the first quarter and hung on to play the rest for the Rockets' win.

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