Drummond, Harden sit as Pistons beat Rockets

first_imgHouston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, left, Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith, center and Pistons forward Eric Moreland (24) chase the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Tobias Harris scored 27 points, and the Detroit Pistons held on for another win against one of the NBA’s top teams, 108-101 over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.Detroit is only four games over .500, but the Pistons have beaten Golden State, Boston, San Antonio, Minnesota and now Houston. The Rockets are without injured star James Harden, but the Pistons were missing their own standout, with Andre Drummond sidelined because of a right rib contusion.ADVERTISEMENT Monfils wins Qatar Open in 4th appearance in final Pistons: In addition to Drummond, Detroit was without G Reggie Jackson (sprained right ankle) and F Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor).UP NEXTRockets: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.Pistons: Visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Houston rallied late and cut the deficit to four with 15.5 seconds left, but Smith made two free throws for Detroit at the other end.TURNAROUNDThe Pistons rebounded nicely from one of their worst games of the season, a 114-78 loss at Philadelphia on Friday night. Detroit is 5-2 in the second game of back-to-backs after going 3-14 last season.TIP-INSRockets: Harden is out with a hamstring strain. Houston was also without C Nene, who has a bruised right knee.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ As usual, Houston relied heavily on 3-point shooting. The Rockets went 7 for 13 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, but were only 8 for 34 after that.Detroit was the more efficient team from 3-point range, going 12 of 25.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderChris Paul had 16 points and 13 assists for Houston. Ish Smith scored 17 points for Detroit, and Dwight Buycks added a career-high 16.There were eight lead changes and six ties in the first half, and Houston led 58-57 after two quarters. Detroit then outscored the Rockets 31-19 in the third. A dunk by Harris put the Pistons up 72-65, and Reggie Bullock’s 3 near the end of the period made it 86-72. View commentslast_img

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