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Dynasty Meets Shaq Daddy

Jan. 17 - The long-anticipated first meeting between Yao Ming and Shaquille O'Neal was well worth the wait. While Shaq got the upper hand statistically in the battle with the Rockets rookie center, Yao more than held his own against the most dominating big man in the game today.

Rockets.com was on hand to capture on video all the behind-the-scenes action of Yao's big evening. We've got coverage of Yao in the Rockets locker room prior to the game, his pregame photo shoot with Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao and his teammates gathering in the tunnel prior to entering the Compaq Center court, as well as the first four minutes of the contest when Yao pours in six quick points and blocks Shaq's first three field goal attempts.

Getting Ready
See Yao Ming work on his post-up jumper prior to the game and then retreat to the locker room to get ready.

Say Cheese
Yao takes a few moments to pose for photos with Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon.

Come On Yao!
The Rockets gather in the Compaq Center tunnel while waiting for Yao to finish his photo shoot with Olajuwon.

Your Houston Rockets
Yao returns and the Rockets hit the court for pregame warmups.

Rookie of the Month
Yao accepts his award for being named December NBA Rookie of the Month.

Pregame Intros
Yao and the rest of his fellow Rockets starters are announced to the sellout Compaq Center crowd.

Shaq Who?
Yao stuffs Shaq's first three shot attempts and pours in six points in the first four minutes of action.