Stackhouse was indeed Jackhouse... to the tune of 46 big ones.
Pistons guard Jerry Stackhouse scored a career high 46 points and was one point shy of the Compaq Center opponent record of 47 (set by Mitch Richmond back in 1995), but the Rockets, thanks to their guards, held off the Pistons for the 107-97 win.
The win ups the Rockets mark to .500 at 16-16 and end their 5-game home slide.
They have Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and Shandon Anderson to thank.
The guard trio combined for 68 points, with Francis leading the way at 26. He played all 48 minutes, adding 7 boards, 6 assists and one sweet block on Stackhouse. Shandon also played extremely well, hitting 9-14 from the floor and scoring 15 of his 21 in the first half. He also snared 10 rebounds.
Cuttino Mobley naturally managed to put up the most shots of the three (19), despite playing the fewest minutes (33). "Instant Offense" knocked down 21 on 7-19 from the floor.
And just because the guards kicked tail, don't overlook Maurice Taylor, who drained 7-10 from the floor for 16 points and tore down 9 boards. With Kelvin Cato still hurt and ditto Hakeem Olajuwon, Kenny Thomas started alongside Taylor again and scored 13 points to go with 10 boards, 7 of which he cleaned in the first quarter alone.
Surprisingly, even with players like Ben Wallace (0 points, 9 boards) and Joe Smith (3-12 shooting, 7 points, 7 boards) in the paint, the Pistons had their clocks cleaned on the glass -- Rockets holding a 46-33 edge. The Rockets shot the ball at an over 48% clip while holding the Pistons to 43.5%.
The Pistons got out 5-2 early, but Francis made a huge defensive play, swatting Jerry Stackhouse from behind on a fast break drive, and that sparked a 12-2 Rockets run.
Shandon in particular was hot, and after he nailed a pull-up jumper on a drive he had 8 points and the Rockets led 18-9.
Shandon scored again and after Francis hit two free throws, the Rockets led 30-22 after one. Shandon hit 5-7 and had 10 points in the quarter while Francis had 9. Kenny Thomas had 6 points and 7 boards.
In the second, behind Francis, the Rockets built a 13-point lead before a 12-3 Pistons run cut the Rockets edge to 44-40.
Francis was hot, and after scoring another two he had 18 points with still 4 minutes to go in the second period. When Mo slammed home a deuce and Cuttino nailed a turnaround over Dana Barros, the Rockets built the lead back up to 52-44.
When Shandon drained a three, the Rockets were back up 11, but Stackhouse scored way too easily and at half, it was Rockets 57, Pistons 51.
Stackhouse had 23 at half. Francis led the Rockets with 18 while Shandon had 15. Cuttino added 10.
Strange double technical call early in the third... Stackhouse got mad at something and they T'ed up both him and Shandon and Shandon didn't say anything. It got the Rockets going... Mo hit a 20-footer, then Kenny Thomas hit a pair of field goals sanwiched around a Shandon drive and the Rockets led 69-57.
But Stackhouse was smoking hot... he scored 12 straight points, starting in the middle of the Rockets scoring burst and capped by a banked three, and the Pistons were within 71-67. Stackhouse had 35.
After Cuttino hit a three the Rockets led 81-74. Mo hit a pair of freebies but the Pistons hit 2-4 free throws to give us the final through three, 83-76. Stackhouse had 38. Shandon led the Rockets with 21 with Francis right behind at 20.
Stackhouse led off the fourth with a bucket, giving him 40 points. John Wallace followed that up with 2 more and the Pistons were within 83-80.
But Bullard followed that with a triple, then Cuttino grabbed a Francis airball and put it back in. After Mo scored off a Moochie feed the Pistons had to call timeout, down 90-81.
After Bullard hit another three, the Rockets led 95-83 with 8:06 left.
When Jerry Stackhouse faded out of bounds baseline and nailed a jumper, he had a new career high at 46 and the Pistons were within 8, 97-89.
Mo Taylor slammed one home with 3:24 left to make it 101-91 Rockets. The Pistons would never seriously threaten from there.