The Rockets led by as much as 25 in the third quarter, only to see the Pistons fight back and trim the lead to seven with just under a minute-and-a-half to play in the fourth period. However, the comeback proved too little too late for Detroit, as it dug itself too big of a hole to climb out of.
Houston scored 69 points in the first half, and due to its offensive explosion during those first two quarters, it was able to withstand giving up 64 over the final 24 minutes.
The Rockets shot 50 percent from the floor and buried 11 three-pointers, five of them courtesy of Patrick Beverley, who tied a career-high in triples made. Beverley connected on three huge treys in the fourth period to help keep the Pistons at bay.
Detroit, which ranks No. 1 in the league in points in the paint, scored 68 points in that area, the most the Rockets had surrendered in the paint all season long. Houston, which checks in at No. 3 in that category, posted 58 points inside.
Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 23 off the bench. Josh Smith added 21, but he shot only 8-of-24 from the floor.
Andre Drummond contributed a double-double with 16 points and 17 boards.
Detroit has now lost four straight and has spiraled downward in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, now five games back in the loss column of the eighth and final postseason spot.
With the win, the Rockets complete a two-game season sweep of the Pistons.