I thought Pistons would get one of final two playoff spots in East, but they've lost 5 in a row. Is Reggie Jackson that big of a problem?
FINAL: Rockets 103, Pistons 93. Harden goes for 3rd triple-double this year w/ 38p-12a-12r. TJones (17p-8r-3blk-2stl) again looks terrific.
Rockets cleared the bench and the Pistons went on a 14-2 run. Still 2:27 left and Detroit can cut the lead to nine at the line.
Pistons on a 14-2 run, cut Rockets lead to 99-89 with 2:27 left. Does McHale call on his regulars?
Rockets open 2nd half making 2 of 10 shots with six of the eight misses in the lane. Jones, Motiejunas a combined 4 of 14. Pistons w/in 2.
Pistons have closed the gap - only down 2 to Rockets with 7:28 in the 3rd quarter.
Rockets, 54, Pistons 46 after weird half. Harden on pace for pts, rebs, assists, tos quadruple double. Dorsey outrebounding Drummond, Monroe
HALF: Rockets 54, Pistons 46. Harden putting up numbers everywhere: 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 turnovers.
Rockets have an 18-14 lead on Pistons early in this one. lots of scoring at the rim. Rockets have 10 points in the paint, Pistons have 12.
That said, the Pistons still scoring inside with 12 of 14 points in paint (four on break, two on offensive board.)
Rockets going over screens, which seems weird against a poor outside shooting team, but vs little Pistons spacing, bigs can rotate to lane.
Rockets and Pistons about to tip off in Houston. Jones and Beverley both in starting lineup- both were questionable for the game.
Nate Wolters has been claimed by Grand Rapids (Pistons' affiliate) out of the D League Waiver Pool. Grand Rapids held the top position.
Pat Beverley (right foot sprain) and Terrence Jones (low back pain) are questionable vs. Pistons tomorrow.
My unscientific last-two-spots-in-the-East odds: Pacers: 78% Hornets: 42% Heat: 31% Celtics: 22% Nets: 17% Pistons: 10%
Pelicans pull out hard fought 88-85 victory against Pistons.
Pistons have fought back to tie the score at 81 with 1:24 left in the game. Easy strategy for the Pelicans now - get the ball to A.Davis