The Houston Rockets leaned on Patrick Patterson to pull off a 108-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. The rookie forward scored 20 points with 11 of them coming in the fourth quarter to push the Rockets ahead for good after several lead exchanges.
Patterson scored seven straight points in a crucial stretch in the final quarter. His tip-in basket gave the Rockets a 95-94 lead. Patterson’s three-point play and two free throws gave Houston a six-point lead with less than three minutes to play.
Kevin Martin, the only starter to score more than ten points, scored 16 points. Luis Scola had 8 points and 9 rebounds while Chuck Hayes had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Chase Budinger scored 10 points off the bench.
Will Bynum came off the bench to score 21 points for Detroit. Starters Rodney Stuckey had 19 points, Greg Monroe finished with 12 while former Rocket Tracy McGrady had 10 points. Ben Gordon had 15 points off the bench.