Yao Ming helps China earn Olympic berth

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Beijing, (Sports Network) - Yao Ming poured in 30 points as secured a spot in the 2004 Olympics with a 106-96 victory over on Wednesday in the final of the Asian men's basketball championships. Yao, who also grabbed 15 rebounds, was named the MVP of the tournament.

The No. 1 overall pick in last year's NBA draft by Houston, Yao averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.79 blocks in 82 contests for the Rockets during his rookie campaign.

The game was played on Chinese National Day.

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