Rockets, Pelicans to play 2 preseason games in China

NEW YORK (AP) The Houston Rockets will return to China next fall to play two preseason games against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The teams will play Oct. 9 in Shanghai, followed by a game in Beijing on Oct. 12.

The Rockets are popular in China because of Yao Ming, who starred for them from 2002-11. They played in Shanghai, Yao's hometown, in 2004.

Houston also played in Greater China in 2010 and 2013.

The Pelicans will be making their first visit to China.

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