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A day after the Rockets acquired Artest last summer, Yao Ming expressed concern that the controversial swingman would upset the team's chemistry. But Artest has kept his composure while averaging 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals, and he's played his best basketball down the stretch to help keep injury-plagued Houston in contention for the No. 2 seed.

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