Originally written November 10, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
HOUSTON -- Detroit coach Lawrence Frank contemplated the possibility of the Pistons surrendering in the finale of their six-game road trip even before they stepped on the court on Saturday night in the Toyota Center. Season-opening six-game skids can shake the nerves of the most resilient individuals, so as the Rockets created a comfortable margin en route to their 96-82 victory, what unfolded seemed almost inevitable. The Pistons will win eventually, but the circumstances of an extended roadie in early November greased the skids for a team already expected to scuffle. The Rockets, mired in a three-game slide of their own, were both willing and able to send the Pistons (0-7) home with another loss. The Rockets (3-3) took the lead for good at 16-15 on a driving layup by James Harden with 2:24 remaining in the first quarter. From that point, their primary objective was correcting the miscues at the root of their losing streak, namely stagnant offense and careless ball-handling. ...
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