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Yao Ming to miss the rest of season

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming practices free throws during practice for the NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, February 16, 2008. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Houston Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot, the team said on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Yao will also miss the postseason with the injury.

He is averaging 22 points and 10.8 rebounds for the Rockets (36-20), who have won 12 straight games to move within 2.5 games of front-running San Antonio in the Southwest Division.

Yao has been an All-Star in each of his six NBA seasons, averaging 19 points and 9.2 rebounds.

Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Sonia Oxley