Harden scores 28 for Rockets in 99-96 win over Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) James Harden had 28 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, lifting the Houston Rockets to a 99-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
Clint Capela added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who won their third straight game.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 26 points and Andre Drummond had 13 points and 16 rebounds for Detroit, which has lost four in a row.
With the Rockets clinging to a one-point lead and less than 10 seconds left, Harden made a free throw and missed the second, leaving Houston up 98-96.
Drummond rebounded the miss and was immediately fouled by Capela with 4.6 seconds to go. Drummond missed both free throws, and the Pistons fouled Harden, who made one of two.
Caldwell-Pope then missed a halfcourt heave at the buzzer.