MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Chucky Atkins scored 19 points in his first start for Memphis and the Grizzlies defeated Houston 86-to-77 despite the return of Yao Ming to the Rockets' lineup. Atkins was cut by Washington last week.
Yao, who missed 21 games because of a foot injury that required surgery, had 15 points and eight rebounds. But he couldn't keep the Rockets from losing their third straight. Tracy McGrady led the Rockets with 23 points, ten rebounds and six assists.