Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Houston 108, Detroit 100: Pistons can't hold early lead

WHAT HAPPENED: The Pistons shot 52% in the first quarter and scored 28 points to take an eight-point lead with Greg Monroe scoring six points and pulling down six rebounds.


With the second unit playing well and sharing the ball the Pistons opened up an 11-point lead, 39-28. A 9-2 spurt by the Rockets closed the deficit to 43-39. As the Pistons shooting percentage fell so did their lead. Shane Battier drained a three to put the Rockets up 50-49. Rodney Stuckey tied the game going into halftime, 51-51, on two free throws.

Houston used a 14-3 run to start the third quarter against the cold-shooting Pistons to grab a 65-54 lead. Chuck Hayes scored six during the rally. Taking advantage of the small Rockets point guards, Stuckey got the Pistons to within 65-60.


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