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Yao scores 23 in exhibition victory

8/8/2004

KLAIPEDA, Lithuania -- Center Yao Ming scored 23 points in
leading China's Olympic team over Sweden 87-63 in an exhibition
game on Sunday.

Fredrik Jonzen led Sweden with 13 points. Fred Drains added nine
points in his first game for Sweden, which did not qualify for the
Olympics.

"We cut the deficit when Yao Ming went to the bench, when he
came back they took the lead again," Sweden coach Jan Enjebo said.

The Athens Olympics begin Friday.