HOUSTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Clarence Weatherspoon scored nine of his season-high 12 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, giving Houston a 90-84 victory over Cleveland.
The 7-5 Yao had 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, including one on James in the fourth quarter. The 6-8 James struggled with just 11 points while making five of 18 shots.
Weatherspoon, acquired from New York in a midseason trade, took charge in the final period. He made four baskets, including a jumper that gave Houston a 78-74 lead with 3:02 remaining.
Cuttino Mobley took over from there, converting a pair of three-point plays and a jumper before finding Yao for a dunk that made it 85-79 with 42 seconds to go.