The Houston Rockets held LeBron James without an assist for the first time in his career and limited Cleveland to its lowest point total of the season, beating the Cavaliers 93-74 on Thursday night.
Yao Ming scored 28 points and Ron Artest added 15 while harassing James on defense most of the night, leading the Rockets to their sixth consecutive victory and ninth straight at home.
James scored 21 points, but went 7-for-21 from the field with three turnovers. He left for good with 4:03 left, the first time in 493 NBA games (counting playoffs) he failed to record an assist.
The Cavaliers had season-low point totals in the first (11) and third (10) quarters, and their 34 percent shooting (27-for-80) was also a season worst.
Lakers 132, Suns 106
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Lakers scored 70 points in the first half and rolled past the Steve Nash-less Suns for their sixth consecutive victory.
Kobe Bryant had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, while former teammate Shaquille O'Neal had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Suns, who trail first-place Los Angeles by 15 games in the Pacific Division.
O'Neal was warmly received by the crowd at Staples Center, where the Lakers improved to 27-4 and have won four in a row.
Lamar Odom had 23 points to lead the Lakers and Pau Gasol added 16 points and nine rebounds.
Leandro Barbosa and Alando Tucker, who started in place of Nash, led Phoenix with 18 points each.
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