Scouting Report: Rockets vs. Pistons
Rockets vs. Pistons
When/where: 6 p.m./Little Caesars Arena
TV/radio: AT&T SportsNet, NBA-TV/790-AM, 850-AM, 101.7-FM (Spanish)
The Rockets have a season-best five-game winning streak and have won eight of 10 games … The Rockets topped the Pistons on Wednesday after losing four of the previous six games against the teams … The Rockets averaged 117.8 points per game in their five-game winning streak after scoring fewer than 100 points in each of their previous four games … The Rockets have made 50.9 percent of their shots in the past five games after making 41.3 percent in the first 11 games of the season … James Harden topped 40 points (scoring a season-high 43) while taking just 20 shots for the second time in four game. He has done that 13 times since joining the Rockets in 2012-13, nine more times than the next-most in that stretch … Center Clint Capela averaged 20.4 points on 73.8 percent shooting in his past five games … Center Nene (right calf tightness) and guard Brandon Knight (left knee injury) are out.
The Pistons have won three of the past four meetings with the Rockets in Detroit … The Pistons, who rank ninth in the NBA in 3-pointers and fifth in 3-pointers attempted, went 16 of 34 on 3-pointers on Wednesday, becoming the second team this season to make more 3-pointers than the Rockets in a game … The Pistons scored 19 second-chance points on Wednesday, moving up to third in second-chance points per game (16.2) in the NBA this season … The Pistons are tied for fifth in offensive rebound percentage and first in defensive rebound percentage … Blake Griffin had 37 points against the Rockets on Wednesday, giving him eight games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds and 340 points this season, the most for a Pistons player through 14 games since Jerry Stackhouse in 2000-01 … Guard Langston Galloway, who made 4 of 6 shots for 13 points on Wednesday, has scored in double-figures off the bench in six-consecutive games, the longest streak of his career .. Forward Luke Kennard (right shoulder sprain) is out.
52 - Rockets wins in their 53 games under Mike D’Antoni when scoring at least 120 points after scoring 126 against the Pistons on Wednesday.