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Rockets and tired legs fall to Pistons 115-107 They shot just 40 percent from the field and 28 percent from beyond the arc, and they were absolutely decimated in the open court by the faster, fresher Detroit Pistons and suffered a 115-107 defeat.

Rockets' James Harden remains Pistons' focus with Russell Westbrook out >>>See how the Rockets have fared in each game so far this season… Although Russell Westbrook will miss Saturday's game against Detroit, Pistons coach Dwane Casey's job won't be any easier. "Is Harden still playing?" he said. ON HOUSTONCHRONICLE.COM: Mike D'Antoni says there's no diminishing James Harden's accomplishments.

Shorthanded Rockets fall at home to Pistons After back-to-back 50-plus point performances, James Harden's 25-point second half wasn't enough to rescue the Rockets in a 115-107 loss to the Detroit Pistons at the Toyota Center on Saturday night. Most of Harden's game-high 39 points came in the second half as he tried to pull the team back from a 10-point halftime deficit.

Kennard and Rose help Pistons over Rockets 115-107 HOUSTON - Luke Kennard scored 22 points, Derrick Rose added 20 off the bench and the Detroit Pistons beat the Houston Rockets 115-107 on Saturday night. The Pistons didn't trail in the last two quarters and were up by double figures for most of the second half.

Rockets vs. Pistons game thread The Rockets are on the second night of a back-to-back set, and they'll be shorthanded, as Tyson Chandler is still sitting with an illness, while Russell Westbrook is managing his load this evening:. Don't forget to check out AK's preview before the game and a pretty good preview over at our Detroit Pistons blog.

Report: Eric Gordon still eyeing late December return to Rockets After recent knee surgery, Rockets guard Eric Gordon told The Athletic’s Kelly Iko that he remains on course to return later this month.

Pistons vs. Rockets final score: Biggest win of the season comes without Andre, Reggie and almost no Blake Bruce Brown slowed down the James Harden juggernaut and the Pistons get a huge W.

Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets live score, updates The Pistons wrap up a three-game trip against the high-powered Rickets and James Harden.

Russell Westbrook to sit out vs. Pistons on second half of back-to-back Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook will miss Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons due to it being the second half of a back-to-back, according to Rod Beard of The Detroit News. Westbrook is not known to be dealing with any injuries, so this is probably just some good old-fashioned load management.

Houston Rockets were ranked too low on FanSided 250 The research and polling has been done for the Houston Rockets and they were ranked way too low on FanSided's 250 list. Where did they fall? Let's look. Ho…

Grading Rockets star Russell Westbrook through team's first 25 games When the Houston Rockets swung a deal to acquire Russell Westbrook in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder over the summer, just about everyone wondered how it was going to work.

Jimmy Butler Explains Why Miami Heat Were More Attractive Destination Than Houston Rockets Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler recently explained why he chose to join the Heat this past offseason rather than the Houston Rockets.

Power ranking the Houston Rockets roster through 25 games Injuries and inconsistency have plagued the Houston Rockets early on in the season, but their talent and toughness have kept them just steady enough so far…

Evan Fournier says James Harden is 'the MVP for a reason' Evan Fournier top-scored for the Orlando Magic in scoring in their 130-107 loss to the Houston Rockets with 27 points. Those 27 points, however, were minuscule compared to James Harden's incandescent 54 point explosion on the other end for the Rockets.

Report: P.J. Tucker stifled Carmelo Anthony in 2018 Rockets camp In the 10 regular-season games before Houston chose to part ways, Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29.4 minutes on just 40.5% shooting from the field. His defense was problematic, and the Rockets went 4-6 as a team during that stretch.

James Harden becomes the first player in NBA history to record back-to-back 50-point games James Harden, the Houston Rockets guard, scored 55 points in the team's 116-110 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers and 54 points in their 130-107 win against the Orlando Magic.

Evan Fournier Inadvertently Drops an Expletive on Live TV While Describing James Harden's 54 Points Following the game, Orlando wing Evan Fournier appeared to have run out of things to say to describe Harden's remarkable performance, resulting in a brief NSFW moment for the 27-year-old. That's not something you hear on a live NBA broadcast so often, but to some extent, we can understand Fournier's rather candid reaction.

Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons game preview Full disclosure: I'm writing this before Houston takes on the Orlando Magic, so if anything wild happened in that game I won't be mentioning it. The Rockets return to Houston for the second night of a back-to-back against the Detroit Pistons at Toyota Center.

Gary Payton says Warriors' Stephen Curry, Rockets' James Harden, Russell Westbrook are not 'true point guards' This is why it's no surprise that the former Seattle Supersonics star thought much less of the current breed of superstar guards - particularly the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and Houston Rockets' backcourt mates' Russell Westbrook and James Harden - in the context of "pure" point guards.

Pistons at Rockets preview: We live in James Harden's world Same way he's always done it - threes, layups, and free throws. He's shooting a career-high 14 threes a game at 36 percent, a career-high 13.6 free throws a game at 88 percent, and a career-high 25 shots a game at 45 percent. So, what can the Pistons do about it?

James Harden makes NBA history with back-to-back 50-point games and 3-pointers James Harden of the Houston Rockets shot into basketball history Friday night when he single-handedly scored 54 points against Orlando Magic and became the first player in NBA history to have back-to-back 50 point games with 10 or more 3-pointers. The NBA confirmed the record-breaking streak on Twitter Friday night.

Ben McLemore's shooting, minutes trending up for Rockets McLemore has shot 47.2% from three-point range over his last four games off the Houston bench, quieting concerns about early-season splits that showed him shooting worse as a reserve. The Rockets prefer to start Danuel House Junior at small forward for defensive reasons, since he's longer at 6-foot-6 and more versatile.

James Harden drains 54 as Houston Rockets defeat Orlando Magic Clippers win off combined 88 from George and Leonard; Bucks win 17th in a row behind Antetokounmpo's 37; Lakers notch 13th straight road win.

James Harden drops second straight 50-point game in Rockets' win over Magic Harden demolished it, finishing with 54 points a game after he scored 55, driving the Rockets to 130-107 romp past the Magic.

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