Kevin Martin scored 16 points and Yao Ming added 10 in front of the home crowd Saturday to help the Houston Rockets beat the New Jersey Nets 95-85 in a preseason game.
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The game was a local showcase for Yao, who is easing back from foot surgery after sitting out last season. The center looked sharp under the basket with several deft hook shots during 18 minutes on the court. When he wasn’t playing, he spent his time on the sideline riding an exercise bike.
New Jersey’s Brook Lopez led all scorers with 20 points.
The game marked the debut of the Guangzhou International Sports Arena. The Rockets open the season on Oct. 26 against the Los Angeles Lakers.