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Detroit Pistons upend Houston Rockets, 115-107, on Saturday

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, right, loses the ball under pressure from Rockets center Clint Capela, left, during the first half Saturday in Houston. (AP photo)

HOUSTON (AP) — When the Detroit Pistons had a comfortable lead entering the fourth quarter Saturday night, coach Dwane Casey knew the Houston Rockets would make a run late and he’d need someone to step up to hold them off.
He got that boost from Derrick Rose, who came off the bench to score 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pistons outlast the Rockets 115-107.
“That’s what you’ve got to have and that’s what his league is about is having players that can create their own shot,” Casey said. “And he did that. He was tough downs the stretch.”
Luke Kennard scored 22 points as the Pistons didn’t trail in the last two quarters and were up by double figures for most of the second half.
Houston used a 9-2 run, with a 3 from Chris Clemons, to cut the lead to 112-107 with 41 seconds remaining. But Tony Snell made two free throws after that and Bruce Brown made one of two free throws after a miss by Houston to secure the victory.
James Harden led the Rockets with 39 points after two straight 50-point games, but it wasn’t enough to keep Houston’s winning streak going on a night Russell Westbrook sat out to rest. Harden played 38 1/2 minutes, but was taken out with 1:23 left and didn’t return.
Rose had 12 assists, Bruce Brown 16 points and 10 rebounds and Markieff Morris added 15 points for the Pistons.
Casey gave Brown credit for making things tough on Harden. He made just 14 of 33 shots.