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Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011

Yao endures more surgery

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Rockets center Yao Ming underwent surgery Thursday to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle, a procedure he says may end his career.

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Up to the cup: Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook rises for a shot in front of Dallas' Tyson Chandler on Thursday night. AP PHOTO

The 229-cm Yao has been out since Nov. 10, and played in only five games this season before the team declared him lost for the season. The seven-time All-Star missed all of last season following reconstructive foot surgery.

"I know this will be another long rehab," the 30-year-old Yao said in a statement. "But I'm looking forward to beginning my recovery. I will use this time to consider all of my options, and will make a decision regarding my career plans as I get closer to the end of my rehab."

Team doctor Tom Clanton performed the procedure in Houston.

The Rockets drafted Yao with the top overall pick in 2002, but his NBA career has been derailed by a rash of injuries, mostly to his left foot and ankle.

"You hope this is the last surgery for him," forward Shane Battier said. "Good lord. That guy's seen more hospital beds than Florence Nightingale. You feel terrible for him. For being such a big guy and a hard worker, he deserves a break. We hope this surgery is successful and he recovers quickly."

Thunder top Mavs

DALLAS (AP) Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder weren't feeling sorry for the short-handed Dallas Mavericks.

Durant scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook had 15 points and nine assists and the Thunder took advantage of the absence of Mavericks scoring leader Dirk Nowitzki for a 99-95 victory Thursday night.

Nowitzki is day-to-day and there had been speculation that he might try to play against the Thunder. The nine-time All-Star, averaging 24.1 points, has been shooting at practices.

Kings 122, Nuggets 102

In Sacramento, Tyreke Evans had 27 points and a season-high 12 assists to help the Kings rout Denver.

Sacramento scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to build a 21-point lead.

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