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The Rockets led 71-65 when Wafer drove past J.J. Redick for a reverse layup with 7:51 left in the game. Yao came out for a quick rest and Dikembe Mutombo replaced him, immediately forcing another miss by Howard. Artest scored to extend the Houston lead to 76-65.
Yao returned with 3:50 left and promptly hit a long jumper for an 84-74 Houston lead. The Magic couldn't muster much of a rally and lost to Houston for the 12th time in the last 14 meetings.
Notes: Yao has six straight double-doubles. ... Howard has 60 double-doubles this season. ... The Rockets improved to 32-8 at home, their highest win total in six seasons at the Toyota Center. ... Landry scored eight points in 20 minutes. Coach Rick Adelman said before the game that Landry seems to have mentally recovered from the shooting. "I think you can tell with the way he's on the floor, how he's feeling," Adelman said. "We've all been trying to tell him he had to push it, and keep pushing it, because physically, it seemed like everything was fine." ... Texas Tech coach Mike Leach visited the Rockets' locker room before the game and watched the game from a luxury suite
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