Rockets Streak Ends at Hands of the Hornets
Hawks finally beat the Bulls while Raptors outlast Trailblazers
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2008 5:59 PM CST
Houston Rockets' Yao Ming (11) runs up against New Orleans Hornets defender Tyson Chandler, right, as Chris Paul, back left, looks on during the second half of NBA action on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Yao Ming put his team on his shoulders but in the end - literally - he couldn't get it done, missing two shots in the last minute as Houston fell at home to New Orleans, 87-82. Yao did have 30 points and 16 rebounds and forced David West into a 1-9 effort down the stretch after he had scorched other Houston defenders. Elsewhere in hoops:

  • Atlanta outran Chicago 105-84, for their first win over the Bulls in nearly four years, as Joe Johnson scored 37 points. Chicago rookie Joakim Noah was benched for the game after a confrontation with a coach Friday.
  • Chris Bosh had 38 points and 14 rebounds while playing a whopping 55 minutes, as Toronto beat Portland in double overtime, 116-109.