Monday , Dec , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady Injured in Loss

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Houston Rockets were running on fumes Sunday night, then lost their two best players while playing the NBA’s hottest team.

The result wasn’t a surprise.

Richard Hamilton scored 17 points and Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace added double-doubles, helping the Detroit Pistons beat the shorthanded Rockets 94-82.

Detroit (20-7) has won five straight and 12 of 14, and joins Boston as the only teams with 20 victories. Houston has lost four of its last five.

"Our defense is getting to be extremely solid," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "We turned it up in the third quarter. We’ve been doing that a lot lately."…(Click here for more.)