I gained a new level of respect for Yao Monday night. After banging knees with Kobe Bryant, he demanded to return to the game and helped the Rockets hold off the Lakers 100-92 in Los Angeles.
Yao finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Kobe scored 32 points, but took 31 shots and looked rusty. Pau Gasol finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds, but wasn’t much of a factor. Aside from Lamar Odom, the Lakers bench was awful.
Aaron Brooks showed he could be the x-factor in the series. He finished with 19 points, and proved too quick for Derek Fisher and the Laker guards.
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