Houston Rockets Win Ugly versus Pistons: Player Grades 11.21.16
James Harden scored 28 points and dished out 11 assists, as the Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to three, Monday, against the Detroit Pistons, at The Palace.
Despite rolling into Detroit on a two-game winning streak, the Houston Rockets had a lousy start to the game. During the first 12 minutes, Houston turned the ball over six times and missed all four of their attempts from behind the arc. In addition Houston allowed the Detroit Pistons to outscore them 20-8 within minutes of the opening tip.
Yet, one must give credit where credit is due. And Detroit’s defense was the primary reason for the Rockets first quarter struggles.
While Detroit’s defense stayed focused on containing James Harden, it opened the door for the Rockets second unit to step up in his place. Among players who did so in Harden’s time of need was Sam Dekker. Behind Dekker and Corey Brewer, Houston battled back to take a 51-46 lead into the half.
Although Houston would see their lead increase to 10 points midway through the third, their lack of focus on the defensive end allowed the Pistons to retake control of the game. Thankfully, the Rockets were able to withstand the Pistons’ final run to win the game.
C, Houston Rockets
15 Points, 12 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks, 2 Turnovers, Plus/Minus (-5)
PF, Houston Rockets
10 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 1 Steals, 1 Turnovers Plus/Minus (minus 14)
SF, Houston Rockets
14 Points, 6 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal, Blocks, 1 Turnover, Plus/Minus (+5)
SG, Houston Rockets
9 Points,1 Rebound, 1 Assist, 1 Steal, 1 Turnover, Plus/Minus (-14)
PG, Houston Rockets
28 Points, 8 Rebounds, 11 Assists, 1 Block, 6 Turnovers, Plus/Minus (+6)
PF, Houston Rockets
12 Points, 4 Rebounds, 1 Assist, Plus/Minus (+3)
SG, Detroit Pistons
26 Points, 1 Rebound, 2 Assists, 2 Steals, 4 Turnovers, Plus/Minus (-4)
This was on the second loss for the Pistons on their home court where they have the honor of the best home court defense.
Next up the Rockets face the Raptors at the Toyota Center on Wednesday evening.
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While riding a three-game winning streak, the Rocket will return home Wednesday, to take on the Toronto Raptors.