Rockets can't contain paint nor DJ Augustin in 114-101 loss in Detroit

The Rockets gave an ugly showing in the final two quarters in Boston, and that continued in the first three quarters in Detroit. The Pistons torched the Rockets inside and out, leading by as many as 21 points in beating the Rockets 114-101 in Detroit Saturday night. The Rockets made a late rally, sparked by a 14-0 run, that unbelievably got them to within four with just under six minutes to go, but it was pretty much all Detroit from there. The defense was bad. Career backup point guard D.J. Augustin torched the Rockets for 28 points and 12 assists, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit six threes and dropped in 28 and the Pistons scored 58 points in the paint, with Greg Monroe adding 19 and 12 boards. The Rockets benched Patrick Beverley in the fourth, using a lineup of Kostas Papanikolaou, Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer to get back into the game. "We couldn't stop Augustin, so we thought we'd try something else," said Kevin McHale. As for good news, Donatas Motiejunas scored 21 points on a blistering 10-13 shooting and... James Harden is healthy. Yes, that's a blessing now after what was a real scare in the second quarter when Harden went down with a knee injury.

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