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Preview: Rockets at Bucks

The Houston Rockets will look to match a season-high with their fifth consecutive win against the lowly Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday. Houston has seven wins in its last 10 outings and is 12-4 in 2014 while keeping its collective eye on the big picture. "I have never seen them give out trophies for the best record in January," coach Kevin McHale told the Houston Chronicle, adding, "Most teams that won championships played well in March and April.”

NBA-Even with its popularity, NBA has room for growth in China

By Steve Ginsburg Feb 22 (Reuters) - SBIZThe National Basketball Association (NBA) is opening a glitzy "lifestyle destination" complex with an official basketball court, a hoop-themed restaurant and a children's zone. You can train like Kobe Bryant, or even a Laker girl, at a state-of-the-art fitness center. Perhaps you could spend the day at an interactive carnival, either shooting jump shots against a virtual LeBron James or participate in a two-on-two competition with friends or fellow visitors.

NBA: China's Yao to judge dunk contest

Yao Ming will return to the city of some of his greatest basketball triumphs when he serves as a judge for the 2013 All-Star Game's slam dunk event in Houston on Saturday. Yao joins four other Houston Rockets' legends, Clyde Drexler, Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon and Rudy Tomjanovich, to judge the competition, which this year pits three Eastern Conference players against a trio from the Western Conference.

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday Feb 18

Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday: - - - - NBA West is best in All Star game HOUSTON - Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin provided a potent mix of outside shooting and inside dominance to lift the Western Conference to a 143-138 victory over the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday. (NBA-ALLSTAR/ (PIX), moved, by Steve Ginsburg, 400 words) - - Yao Ming not sitting around during retirement
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