NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Houston|
(Saturday, November 10th)
Final Score: Houston 96, Detroit 82
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - James Harden scored 20 points and Omer Asik
added 14 points and eight rebounds, as the Houston Rockets crushed the winless
Detroit Pistons, 96-82, at Toyota Center.
Marcus Morris and fellow reserve Toney Douglas chipped in 12 and 11 points,
respectively, for the Rockets, who snapped a three-game slide and won their
first home game of the young season.
"We're going to start putting things together," Harden said. "I think
defensively we've played really well and offensively we need to get a feel for
Kelvin Sampson served as Houston's head coach after Kevin McHale took a leave
of absence from the team to attend to a personal family matter.
The Pistons, who nearly went a full 12 minutes without making a field goal in
the second half, fell to 0-7 for the first time since the 1980-81 campaign.
Greg Monroe recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while
Brandon Knight netted a team-high 16 points in defeat.
Detroit was within four, 60-56, midway through the third quarter but only
managed one free throw the final 5:28.
Harden converted a three-point play to start the quarter-ending 12-1 run, then
hit a 3-pointer after Chandler Parsons also made one from behind the arc.
Detroit's first successful field goal of the fourth came on a Knight jumper
with 6:03 to play, but by that time Houston's advantage ballooned to 82-57 and
the Rockets cruised from there.
"There was no offensive energy out there at all. We didn't even give ourselves
a chance during that run," Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank said.
The Rockets scored the final eight points of the opening quarter to build a
20-15 lead and were in front by as many as 16 in the second.
The highlight of the frame came when Terrance Jones set up a fastbreak by
blocking a driving Rodney Stuckey. Harden and Jeremy Lin executed a perfect
give-and-go in transition, with the former throwing down a monster two-handed
slam for a 43-27 cushion with 4:06 remaining in the half.
The Pistons rallied with nine consecutive points to end the half, pulling
within 47-41 on Monroe's buzzer-beating layup.
The Rockets have won five straight meetings ... Lin totaled seven points and
eight assists ... Houston had 16 more points in the paint (44-28) ... The
Pistons head home after their six-game road trip and face the Oklahoma City
Thunder on Monday ... The Rockets host the Miami Heat on Monday.
11/11 00:08:37 ET