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Rockets Shut Down Nets

If it's true that the Nets need a big game from Devin Harris in order to win, Monday's 114-91 loss to the Rockets at the IZOD Center was exhibit A. Harris was in foul trouble early and scored just 10 points on 2-9 shooting. It was his lowest scoring output of the season and Vince Carter matched him with 10 points on 5-15 from the floor. As a team, the Nets shot just 6-25 in the first quarter and were down 29-13 at the end of the period. The Houston lead ballooned to 23 midway through the second quarter and it was at 21 at halftime. The Nets played them even for most of the second half, but never made a real dent in the Houston lead. Keyon Dooling led the Nets with 17 points and five assists, but the Nets shot just 41 percent for the game. Yao Ming had 24 points and 16 boards for the Rockets while countryman and Team China comrade Yi Jianlian had 10 points and 7 rebounds. The game was covered by more than two dozen Chinese media outlets and seen by perhaps as many as a quarter billion people in China. Bobby Simmons and Stromile Swift were both unavailable for personal reasons while Jarvis Hayes was out after suffering a mild concussion Saturday.