DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – Houston outscored Detroit, 8-2, in the final minute of the game to take the win away from the Pistons, 117-114. Detroit had a 112-109 lead with 1:20 left to play but Kenyon Martin, Jr., scored four straight points in a less than four seconds to put Houston up, 113-112, as they went on for the three-point win.
Martin, Jr. banked in a layup with 34.1 seconds left to pull within one, 112-111, and then was fouled but missed his free throw. Jae’Sean Tate grabbed rebound but missed the put back but Martin, Jr. tipped in the ball with 31.1 seconds to go for the lead, 113-112. Houston’s Jabari Smith then blocked Alec Burks’ shot from five-feet out with 18.1 seconds to play as the Rockets got the defensive rebound. Bojan Bogdanovic fouled to stop the clock and Eric Gordon followed with two free throws extending the Rockets’ lead to three, 115-112.
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With just 9.1 seconds left, Jaden Ivey hit a floating jumper to come within one-point, 115-114, but once again Gordan was fouled and made both shots for a three-point lead, 117-114. Detroit took the ball out with eight seconds left as Ivey’s chance to tie the game from 27-feet out on a three-point attempt missed as Houston won by three in the battle of the two worst records in the NBA.
Burks’ 21 points led the Pistons on six three-pointers made. Bogdanovic followed with 18 points as Ivey added 16 points and Hamidou Diallo scored 15 points. Saddiq Bey finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
Detroit led by 10 after the first quarter, 37-27, but was down two at the half, 59-57, after only scoring 20 points in the second quarter. Gordan had a driving layup with 1.1 seconds left to give Houston the advantage at the half.
Scoring 29 points in the third quarter as Diallo made two free throws with six seconds left for a three-point lead as the quarter ended, 86-83. The two teams battled in the fourth quarter Detroit had an early six-point lead, 89-83, at 11:23. Houston retook the lead, 95-94, with 7:30 left to play as it was back-and-forth the rest of the way until the Rockets’ last run in the final minute of the game for the win.
Detroit will face the Mavericks on Monday at 8:30 p.m. in Dallas.
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