Yao, Alston Carry Rockets Past Jazz

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HOUSTON (AP) - Yao Ming had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Rafer Alston scored 23 and the Houston Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 108-99 on Wednesday night.

Von Wafer added 21 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and Luis Scola had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, who've won six of seven.

Deron Williams had 32 points and 11 assists and Ronnie Brewer had 23 for the Jazz, who've dropped seven of their last 10 road games. Andrei Kirilenko sat out for Utah after leaving Tuesday's game against Minnesota with a right ankle injury.

The Rockets were also short-handed, playing again without Ron Artest and Tracy McGrady, who've missed most of January with injuries.

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