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Rockets surge past Knicks

The Houston Rockets outplayed the New York Knicks early and finished strongly in a 101-92 win Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Houston covered the 5.5-point spread, and the 193 points made it OVER the posted total of 187.

Yao Ming had a big night for the Rockets, tossing in a game-high 36 points with 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Jamal Crawford shot 9-for-20 from the field with 21 points, three rebounds and three assists in the loss.