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NBA Game Summary - Houston at Detroit



(Saturday, December 21st)

Final Score: Houston 114, Detroit 97

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard had a season-high 35 points and collected 19 rebounds as the Houston Rockets topped the Detroit Pistons 114-97 on Saturday.

Howard's monster performance was in large part due to the absence of Houston's leading scorer, James Harden, who sat out due to an ankle sprain.

"He played really well. He has been on a really good roll the last three weeks. Guys are getting a little more comfortable playing off of him. He was fantastic tonight," Houston coach Kevin McHale said.

Chandler Parsons tallied 20 points and Francisco Garcia added 16 for the Rockets, who bounced back from a 33-point loss to Indiana on Friday.

Josh Smith led four Pistons scorers in double figures with 19 points and Greg Monroe recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Singler scored 12 and Will Bynum added 11 points for Detroit, which has lost two straight.

"We are still trying to get better, night in and night out. As I said to our players, there will be some nights when we will have good nights; there will be some nights when we have bad nights," said Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks. "Last night and tonight was not our best for sure. It was just not our best. We have to regroup, take our time and get ready for Cleveland."

Houston broke out to an early 8-2 lead, but the Pistons responded by scoring 13 of the next 17 points. Later, Patrick Beverley scored the final eight Houston points of the first quarter to give the Rockets a 33-24 advantage.

The Rockets drained three consecutive 3-pointers early in the second stanza to grab a 17-point lead. The Pistons scored the final four points of the half to get within 61-53.

A Smith slam to start the third quarter got the Pistons within six, but that's as close as they would come. Parsons' running jumper to end the third put Houston up by 15.

The Pistons pulled within 10 early in the fourth on a Andre Drummond tip-in, but Detroit would get no closer as Howard knocked down a hook shot out of a timeout. On the next possession, Garcia's 3 had the edge to 13 points, and Houston rolled the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Rockets have a six-game winning streak in the series ... It was Howard's 18th double-double of the season ... Rockets guard Jeremy Lin missed his fourth consecutive contest due to back spasms.

12/22 00:50:46 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd
ECU 50
CIN 46
 
4th
BOS 65
MIA 74
 
2nd
NYK 40
LAL 32
 
Final
FSU 55
MIAMI 54
Final
YOUNG 80
OU 96
 
2nd
ECU 50
CIN 46
 
2nd
MSU 66
MICH 61
 
Half
DAY 47
FORD 30
 
Half
MON 24
MAN 42
 
Half
CAN 35
MAR 41
 
Half
NIAG 41
QUIN 39
 
1st
USC 7
UTAH 19
 
3:00pm Today
WASH
CAL
3:00pm Today
HOU
UCONN
3:00pm Today
WILL
NDST
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
ARI 1
 
2nd Intermission
WAS 2
STL 3
 
1st Intermission
PIT 0
NAS 2
 
3:00pm Today
VAN
MIN
6:30pm Tonight
SEA
NEP