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NBA
• Six of the seven players involved in last week's trade between the Celtics and Timberwolves appeared against their former team Monday in the Timberwolves' 110-85 win over the Celtics. It's the first time in NBA history that as many as six players appeared in a game against a former team within a week of playing for that team. There have been three previous instances in which as many as four players appeared in a game against a former team within a week of playing for that team.

Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady played together Monday for the 15th game of the season, but it was not enough to lift the Rockets to victory. Houston is 9-6 when both Yao and McGrady have appeared this season, 0-5 when neither player has appeared, and 6-18 when one or the other has played (0-8 with Yao and without McGrady; 6-10 with McGrady and without Yao).