The Rockets entered the fourth quarter Friday night at Toyota Center leading the Detroit Pistons by a dozen points, but in the game’s final 12 minutes, they were outscored 39-22 in a 114-109 loss.
In scoring 39 points, the Pistons only shot 52 percent, but tracked down the rebound on 7 of their 13 missed, giving them 12 second chance points. Houston, on the other hand, shot 38 percent, also missing 13 shots, but could only come up with one offensive rebound.
Boban Marjanovic and Stanley Johnson combined for 19 of the 39 points. Marjanovich finished with a career-high 27 points and 12 rebounds. Johnson scored just three points before the final period as the Pistons improve to 36-43 on the season, keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.
Houston dropped to 53-26 on the season despite a 33 point, 9 rebound, 12 assist night from James Harden, but he shot just 10-of-25 from the field, 7-of-19 from behind the 3-point line. All eight of his fourth quarter field goal attempts were threes, he made two of them.
Lou Williams added 15 points off the bench, while Eric Gordon and Montrezl Harrell scored 13.
Ryan Anderson returned to the Rockets lineup after missing the previous six games with a sprained right ankle. He scored nine points in 13 minutes.