Game Review: Pistons fall in overtime 100-96 to Rockets

The Detroit Pistons (32-40) put up a valiant effort against the NBA’s best team to force overtime in a bizarre and low-scoring game.

The Houston Rockets (58-14) shot just 12-51 from deep in what was the best defensive outing the Pistons have had in weeks and James Harden was held to just 21 points on very poor efficiency.

For the Pistons, Blake Griffin put up a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Andre Drummond added 17 points and 20 rebounds.

The big surprised of the night ended up being Luke Kennard for the Pistons, who Stan Van Gundy trusted to play 33 minutes including all of crunch time and overtime. Kennard finished with 14 points, four rebounds, and a pair of assists. He also played solid defense a number of times.

Despite the loss, the defensive performance gives some hope that perhaps the blowout wins over bad teams in their previous two games may have started something real as far as making progress on that end rather than that the Kings and Suns are just very bad.

The Pistons will be coming back home to play the Bulls next, while the Rockets will stay in Houston to play the Pelicans.

(Feature photo: Streeta Lecka/Getty Images)


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