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Yao, Rockets topple Hawks

Yao Ming dropped 24 points and hauled down 19 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets over the Atlanta Hawks 92-84 on Tuesday night.

Houston covered as 7-point home favorites as the game played under the 195-point total listed by sportsbooks.

Ron Artest added 19 points and nine boards for the Rockets, who got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Luis Scola in the payday.

Joe Johnson drained 22 points to lead Atlanta, while Mike Bibby went for 15 points for the Hawks.