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Recap: Houston Rockets grind out fifth straight victory

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons on November 21, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons on November 21, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets are rolling and kept it going tonight against the Detroit Pistons, winning their fifth consecutive game.

The Houston Rockets (9-7) are on a roll, folks. They are now winners of five straight and eight of their last 10 games! They defeated the Pistons 126-124 tonight.

The Rockets will get Thanksgiving off but are back again to play the Pistons on Friday, this time in Detroit. Let’s hope they can look similar to tonight and get another win.

It was a pretty ugly game all around, despite the win. The stars for the Rockets showed up big time, as did James Ennis, but there were some ugly turnovers and rough officiating along the way that made this one closer than it should’ve been.

Let’s look at the stats:

Stat leaders

James Harden: 43 points, 9 assists, 4 steals

Clint Capela: 27 points, 15 rebounds

Chris Paul: 20 points, 7 assists

James Ennis: 14 points, 3/5 from 3

How the Rockets won

It was a tough, gritty battle throughout this one. Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond combined for over 20 rebounds, with Blake practically carrying the Pistons at the end. He finished with 35 points and 11 rebounds.

P.J. Tucker was ejected in the third quarter, leading to the Rockets having no one to properly guard Griffin. He was ejected for arguing a call, receiving two techs almost instantly.

Clint Capela had his best game of the season. He always seems to step it up against great centers, and today was no different. He was a difference maker on both ends and was truly great tonight.

James Harden showed up to play as well. He had a team-high in points and was truly his MVP-caliber self. He became the third-leading scorer in Rockets history, too.

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Chris Paul showed up in a big way, especially in the first half. His midrange shot was on fire tonight, and he’s unstoppable when that’s the case.

Next. Early season review: James Harden

Be sure to tune in on Friday and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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