Sunday, December 15, 2019
The Houston Rockets are coming off back-to-back victories where James Harden made history: He became the first player in league history to record back-to-back 50-point games with ten triples. The Rockets will look to thrive off that as they host the Detroit Pistons tonight at the Toyota Center.
The Pistons, on the other hand, are looking to avoid a second straight loss as they are coming off a 122-111 defeat they took in the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in Mexico. Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will meet up this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Houston Rockets and the Detroit Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 140 times in the past as the Pistons won 72 games while the Rockets were kept to 68 wins.
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Andre Drummond (illness; 17.7 PPG, 16.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, 54.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.9 APG, 20.9 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Sekou Doumbouya (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Tyson Chandler (illness; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 76.5 FG%)
-Eric Gordon (knee; 10.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.9 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 68.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Thabo Sefolosha (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Russell Westbrook (rest; 22.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 23.3 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)
Both teams would keep the game competitive in the first half as they shot forty-five percent from the field each. James Harden, who is averaging 39 points per game this season, scored 14 points on forty-two percent shooting. He was able to bury two shots from beyond the arc while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out seven assists.
Clint Capela helped out with 12 points while missing only one of his seven shots attempted. He also had ten rebounds and one block while Danuel House and Ben McLemore had four points each. Former Suns’ player P.J. Tucker drilled a three-pointer in the second period while Austin Rivers had six points off the bench.
As for the visiting team, Luke Kennard got hot for 18 points while hitting four three-pointers. Tony Snell drilled 3 three-pointers to give himself nine points in the first half. Both Blake Griffin and Thon Maker scored just two points each while Bruce Brown had five points. Christian Wood played the most minutes off the bench but only had three points as the Michigan team went into the locker room with a 62-52 advantage.
The Pistons would close things out in the second half as they shot forty-four percent from the field, keeping the Rockets at thirty-five percent. Derrick Rose, who scored eight points in the first half, added 12 more points in the second half while Brown contributed with 11 points. Griffin would be held scoreless while Markieff Morris dropped 10 points off the bench.
On the other end of the court, James Harden scored 25 points, which included two three-pointers. McLemore put up nine points while Rivers had eight points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Pistons came away with a 115-107 victory. Luke Kennard finished the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying one block while James Harden had 39 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.
The Detroit Pistons will host Bradley Beal (27.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.0 APG, 44.8 FG%, 33.0 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (7-16) on Monday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the second of four times that they play each other this season. The last time they met up was on November 4 when the Wizards came away with a 115-99 victory. During that game, Beal scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and committed a steal while Luke Kennard had 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Houston Rockets will host DeMar DeRozan (21.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.8 APG, 50.6 FG%, 35.7 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (9-15) on Monday at 8:00 p.m. This will mark the second of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season. December 3 was the last time they played each other as the Rockets lost in double overtime, 135-133. James Harden finished the game with 50 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals while Lonnie Walker settled for 28 points, 4 rebounds, three steals, and one block.