Houston Rockets defeat New York Knicks, 105-96

HOUSTON - Yao Ming is back in China rehabilitating a foot injury that may or may not shorten his once-promising career, while Tracy McGrady is living out his final days in a Rockets uniform in Chicago since being banished from the team.

Not many teams can survive without their two perennial All-Stars, but what the Houston Rockets lack in talent they more than make up for in terms of toughness, grit and determination.

"They play hard and do the little things," Danilo ...

HOUSTON - It's bad enough for Jordan Hill that as a lottery pick on a losing team, he can't pry himself off the Knicks' bench.

The worst part, however, is that Hill sits while another rookie, an undrafted one at that, plays ahead of him. Marcus Landry, the Knicks' rags to riches story, has factored into Mike D'Antoni's plans recently at the expense of Hill, whose claim to fame right now is that the Knicks selected him last June over Brandon Jennings, who is now starring...