The Pistons were reeled in by the Rockets in the fourth quarter last night and Detroit dropped its season opener 105-to-96 to Houston at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Rockets trailed by as many as 11 in the final period, but used a 19-to-4 rally to take a 91-87 lead with six minutes to play. Brandon Knight paced Detroit with 15 points and Greg Monroe added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who look to bounce back from last season’s 25-and-41 record.
James Harden made sure his debut with the Rockets would be one to remember. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year, who was dealt from Oklahoma City to Houston on Saturday in a multi-team trade, posted a game-high 37 points and 12 assists and started to earn some of the money from the 5-year, 80 million dollar contract that he signed on Wednesday. Harden's new backcourt mate, Jeremy Lin, had 12 points and eight assists while former Piston Carlos Delfino added 15 points and seven boards off the bench forHouston.
After the game, Piston’s Coach Lawrence Frank said the Detroit defense
Vanished in the fourth quarter The Pistons pack their bags now for a 9-day, 6 game road trip which starts tomorrow night at Phoenix.