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[HOUSTON] — The Houston Rockets played host to the Detroit Pistons last night and Rockets fans will wish that they could have another crack at this one. The narrow 109-114 defeat was and still is a tough one to swallow. The loss bumps Houston's record down to 53-26 on the season, while the victory gives Detroit a 36-43 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Rockets would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

Team results aside, a monster night from James Harden is all that fans will be talking about as they process the contest. Harden pumped out a stat line of 33 points, 9 rebounds, 12 assists, 1 blocks and 0 steals in 38 minutes on the night, quantifiable proof of his place among the top tier of NBA players. Still, one can't be overly enthusastic about the numbers considering that even Harden himself would presumably trade the solid figures for a different result on the scoreboard. Needless to say, Houston will take any win they can get their hands on considering where they find themselves in the conference but this just wasn't one of them.

Unable to match Harden's numbers, Boban Marjanovic can rest assured that he bested his rival where it actually counts. Marjanovic's 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists led the Pistons in the winning effort.

From a personal standpoint, James Harden made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 7 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Rockets can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Houston wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Sacramento Kings. The Pistons, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Rockets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Harden339121038
P. Beverley61351031
T. Ariza6730135
N. Hilario8620013
M. Harrell13222027
L. Williams15200022
E. Gordon13500031
R. Anderson9301013
T. Williams4200122
C. Onuaku201118

Pistons Stats

Roster P R A B S M
B. Marjanovic271220028
I. Smith20350030
H. Ellenson151101026
T. Harris17620122
A. Drummond8910120
S. Johnson13440032
R. Bullock6340125
K. Caldwell-Pope2530123
B. Udrih4150118
M. Morris2110016
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