But in the end it was a 105-93 win for the Rockets and a huge debut for the Rockets new backcourt duo of James Harden and Jeremy Lin.
The Pistons came and took a narrow three-point lead into the half only to see the Rockets go on a 10-point run to start the third. However, the Pistons responded in kind and put together an 11-point run of their own and then extended their lead to double digits after Lin got into foul trouble and had to take a seat.
In the fourth quarter, though, the Rockets new stars were too much for the Pistons, as Houston pulled away and sealed the game.
Both teams had something to feel good about. Fake beards is a good business to go into right now if you live in Houston as Harden was massive.
The Pistons, debuting several rookies, also had a lot to feel good about too, since all three of them played well in their first NBA regular season action.