One has the most recognizable face in China. The other is a multimedia superstar with three NBA championships. And NBA fans the world over, if All-Star balloting is any proof, love them both.

This Sunday, Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets travel to Miami to take on Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat on ABC (1p.m. ET). The two super-sized superstars will also probably meet again on Feb. 20 in Denver as the starting centers in the 2005 All-Star Game. As of the last balloting results, Yao leads all vote getters with 2,153,039, while Shaq is second overall with 2,099,201 votes.

But before we head to All-Star, these giants have business to attend to in the regular season this Sunday. They will meet for the 12th time overall and seventh time in the regular season. Check out the Tale of the Tape below to see how Shaq and Yao have fared against each other in their previous 11 meetings.


YAO
VS.

(All stats are based on head-to-head matchups only.)


O'NEAL
7-6
Height
7-1
310
Weight
325
Center
Position
Center
Third Season
Experience
13th Season
Sept. 12, 1980
Birthdate
March 6, 1972
Shanghai Physical & Sport Institute (China)
High School
Cole (San Antonio, Texas)
First Overall, 2002
Drafted
First Overall, 1992
None
College
Louisiana State ('93)
16.1 (11 meetings)
Points (PPG)
22.1 (11 meetings)
8.4
Rebounds (RPG)
9.8
1.9
Blocks (BPG)
2.5
1.9
Assists (APG)
2.8
.437 (73-167)
FG%
.525 (93-177)
.837 (31-37)
FT%
.483 (57-118)
35.5
Minutes (MPG)
42.2
3-3
Record in regular-season meetings
3-3
1-4
Record in playoff meetings
4-1
March 3, 2004
33 pts., 8 reb., 1 block
Best game against the other
March 26, 2003
39 pts., 5 reb., 2 blocks
91.2
Team PPG
92.1
"Chinese food."
--Yao's reply when Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy asked what type of food Yao's mother cooked for him at lunch
Quotable
"Get your tickets now. Buy cable now. Get your jerseys now. Pull your boats up to the docking stations now. Bring your Sea-Doos now. If you can't afford a Sea-Doo, get a raft."
--Shaq's advice to fans at his first Heat press conference
No. 1 (Forbes magazine's ranking of Yao Ming as Chinese celebrity)
Miscellaneous
$67,264,111 (Total box office of Shaq's five movies, according to IMDB.com)