Led by Yao Ming's 19 points and 14 boards, China slamed Japan, 104-59, today to stay unbeaten in the Asian Games. China is riding on a five-game winning streak in Pusan while Japan has no hope to make the semifinal after losing the second consecutive game and dropped to 0-2 in the second round.
In the other game, Kazakhstan rallied in the second half to beat North Korea, 89-81, and clinched a spot in the semifinal with a 2-0 record in the second round. North Korea is knocked out of the semi after dropping two straight.
#China 104-59 Japan (Half 59-24)
CHN - Yao Ming 19p(7-9 FG)+14rb+5a, Liu Wei 17p, Gong Xiao-bin 13p+6rb ; JAP - T. Orimo 24p(13-16 FT)
#Kazakhstan 89-81 DPR Korea (Half 40-44)
KAZ - Y. Issakov 30p+16rb, V. Strebkov 22p+7rb, B. Tikhonenko 8p+18rb, M. Dedov 16p ; PRK - Pak Chon-jong 30p(11-21 FG), Ri Myong-hun 23p(8-13 FG, 7-11 FT)+17rb