Detroit Pistons crumble in 117-114 loss to NBA-worst Houston Rockets: Game thread recap

Detroit Pistons guard Hamidou Diallo steals the ball from Houston Rockets guard Josh Christopher during the first quarter Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 at Little Caesars Arena.

Detroit Pistons (13-37) vs. Houston Rockets (11-38)

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

TV: Bally Sports Detroit.

Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1; Pistons radio affiliates).

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Game notes: Welcome to the battle between the NBA's two worst teams, the Rockets and Pistons. Houston has lost nine of 10; Detroit lost four in a row before upsetting Brooklyn, 130-122, on Thursday, thanks largely to a new-look starting lineup and rotation. The Pistons have two more wins than the Rockets, but both currently would have 14% odds to land the No. 1 pick in May's highly anticipated draft lottery, with the prize of Victor Wembanyama. Second-year guard Jalen Green leads the Rockets in scoring at 21.7 points per game on 41.1% field-goal shooting, but he, along with second- and third-leading scorers Kevin Porter Jr. and Alperen Sengun, are all out. ... The Pistons next play at Dallas on Monday.

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