KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 13 (AP) -- Terence Morris and Oscar Torres each scored 18 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 98-85 exhibition victory Saturday night over the Detroit Pistons.
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Kenny Thomas added 17 points, and Steve Francis had 12 for the Rockets.

Houston led 69-64 going into the fourth quarter and expanded the lead to 78-64 with a 9-0 run.

Detroit cut the margin to 89-85 on a three-point shot by Chucky Atkins with 2:38 left, but the Rockets sealed the victory by scoring the final nine points.

Detroit was led by Jon Barry with 16 points. Jerry Stackhouse had 14, Victor Alexander added 12 and Zeliko Rebraca had 11.

Detroit led 40-37 at the half, but Houston outscored the Pistons 32-24 in the third period.

Francis had eight points and five assists in the third quarter.