The Houston Rockets knew they needed to get back on track Saturday night after three straight losses.
When they learned they'd be without coach Kevin McHale against Detroit, they were even more determined to break the losing streak.
James Harden scored 20 points, Omer Asik had 14 and the Rockets beat the winless Pistons 96-82 in their first game without McHale.
The team announced earlier Saturday that McHale was taking an immediate leave of absence to deal with a family matter.
Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson took over, and said before the game that he hoped the team would come together to win for McHale.
The Rockets did just that, using a third-quarter run to build a big lead and go on to their first victory at home. The Pistons fell to 0-7.
''It was good for us to come out here and get a win, especially for Coach McHale and what he's going through,'' Harden said.
Jeremy Lin said it was a bit strange to play without McHale in charge of the team.