KUNSHAN, China -- Yao Ming scored the game-winner and
finished with 21 points Tuesday to lift China past Australia,
63-61, in its final exhibition before the World Championships.
Andrew Bogut's jam tied the game at 61, but he missed a free
throw and a chance to take the lead. China took possession with 15
seconds left and Yao scored the winning basket.
The game turned into a battle between Yao and Bogut, the
Milwaukee Bucks' No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, who scored 20
points. Yao seemed to get the better of most of their exchanges,
with Australia grabbing only 12 rebounds in the first half to
With the return of guard Liu Wei, China was able to play with
its full complement of stars. Liu, who had a tryout with the
Sacramento Kings in 2004, had 10 points. Wang Zhizhi, China's first
player in the NBA, added nine.
China won its first game in four exhibition appearances at home
this month. The Chinese team lost to the United States, Germany and
The game was played in a packed gymnasium just outside Yao's