AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Rookie forward Patrick Patterson scored a career-high 20 points, including seven in a row late in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets pulled away for a 108-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
After both teams had blown double-digit leads, Patterson's tip-in gave Houston a 95-94 advantage. He added a three-point play and a pair of free throws to make it a six-point game with 2:35 to play.
Aaron Brooks finished the run with two free throws. Kevin Martin scored 16 points for Houston.
Will Bynum led Detroit with 21 points and Rodney Stuckey added 19, but Tayshaun Prince missed all nine of his field goal attempts and scored only one point.
Detroit opened an 11-point lead in the first half, but the Rockets rallied and the teams entered halftime tied at 51. Houston went on a 14-3 run to start the third quarter, taking an 11-point lead of its own, but that was also short-lived.
Detroit trailed 78-75 heading into the fourth but took the lead back when Charlie Villanueva made a 3-pointer for an 82-80 advantage.
After only one lead change in the first three quarters, there were eight more in the fourth, but Detroit's offense sputtered after Bynum gave the Pistons a 94-93 edge with two free throws.
Detroit's bench entered the game averaging 38.9 points per game, the second-best mark in the NBA. The reserves scored 56 points Tuesday night, led by Bynum and Ben Gordon, who had 15. With the game on the line and Patterson asserting himself inside, the Pistons went with a lineup of Stuckey and four backups.
But Houston's bench was even better, scoring 59 points. Patterson surpassed his previous career high of 15, and Chase Budinger added 10.
Martin was the only Houston starter in double figures.
Patterson, a first-round draft pick out of Kentucky, also contributed five rebounds, four at the offensive end.
Fellow rookie Greg Monroe had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit.
Notes: Detroit's Richard Hamilton (groin) sat out for the seventh straight game. ... Both teams were excellent from the free throw line, with the Rockets shooting 26 of 28 and the Pistons going 14 for 15. ... Tracy McGrady, who played five-plus seasons with the Rockets, had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons.