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12/8/2001 - Detroit News Online
Pistons pound Rockets
12/8/2001 - Detroit Free Press
Pistons Roll By Rockets
Skid Hits Double Digits
Pistons destroy Rockets by 28, hand Houston 10th straight defeat
By Clutch
DECEMBER 9, 2001 8:22 PM  |  BOX SCORE  |  HISTORY VS. PISTONS

While Cuttino scored 17 to lead the Rockets (if a team losing by 28 can be "led"), Torres came off the bench to score nearly a point a minute (16 in 18).
The Rockets are getting eaten alive in the paint, so it isn't helping matters when Rocket power forwards shoot a combined 4-22 (18%) from the field.
There are no quick solutions.

What the Houston Rockets have on the floor is simply an awful basketball team.

The injury-plagued Rockets played the Detroit Pistons, minus Jerry Stackhouse, Sunday night in the Palace of Auburn Hills, and the Pistons used a balanced attack and over 54% shooting to completely blow away Houston 105-77.

It's the Rockets' 10th straight loss, dropping their record to 7-15. Their record is currently fourth worst in the entire league. As for the West, the only team worse is the Grizzlies at 5-14.

No team in the entire NBA has lost more games than the Rockets.

Sobering facts, bringing fans to the realization that way too many of Rudy T's eggs were placed in Steve Francis' basket. This team shoots poorly even with Francis. Without him, the offense is total garbage.

But on the road, the defense is just as bad. Interestingly, the Rockets at home allow opponents to shoot just over 40%. On the road? Opponents are shooting nearly 51% from the field. It's no wonder the Rockets are 2-10 away from the Compaq Center.

Sunday night the Pistons had 7 players score in double figures, led by Jon Barry with 15. Dana Barros just missed being #8 with 9 points and the Rockets were clueless on how to handle a high-energy player like Ben Wallace. 10 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks for Detroit's dirty work terror.

The Rockets? Kenny Thomas clanged 10 of his 12 shots. Eddie Griffin 8 of his 10. Kevin Willis 1-4. After Cuttino Mobley (17 points) had a smoking hot first 6 minutes, hitting his first 4 shots, he went just 3-11. The cold, hard fact is the Rockets again shot around 35%, which is suicide if the goal is to win games, which despite the Rockets' performances as of late, we assume is still the goal.

Oscar Torres came off the bench to score 16 points in just 18 minutes of play. He hit 4-6 from the field and 7-9 from the charity stripe.

The Rockets now come home to face the Cavaliers on Tuesday. They need to realize this is the game where the streak must end... after that, the Rockets face the Pacers, Lakers and Blazers in 3 of their next 4 games. It isn't going to get any easier.


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