After losing three straight games, Houston came out and dismantled the still winless Detroit Pistons, 96-82.
Though the win comes against a clearly inferior opponent, the Rockets took care of business—even though they weren't playing at the same level they were for the first two games of the season.
Also, make no mistake that this bout was important. Not only did this win put Houston back at .500, but it came in the midst of head coach Kevin McHale taking an indefinite leave of absence.
So at a time when the Rockets could have folded and succumb to—as well as accept the—reality that they were headed for an extensive losing streak, they didn't.
Which players stepped up and ensured a four-game losing streak wasn't an option?
Let's find out.