PHOENIX, Oct. 17 (Ticker) -- Amare Stoudemire made an impressive home debut for the Phoenix Suns, but the Houston Rockets recorded an 85-78 preseason victory as Eddie Griffin led a balanced attack with 15 points.

Stoudemire, the ninth overall pick in the 2002 draft out of Cypress Creek High School in Florida, led the Suns with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.

A basket by Stoudemire two minutes into the fourth quarter gave Phoenix a 64-58 lead, but the Rockets stormed back with a 10-2 spurt and took the lead for good, 68-66, on a pair of free throws by Oscar Torres with 6:31 to play.

Jason Collier had 12 points and Torres finished with 10 for Houston, which was without injured guards Steve Francis (left ankle tendinitis) and Moochie Norris (sore right pinky) and top draft pick Yao Ming.

Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion each chipped in 14 points for the Suns.