Richard Hamilton added 22 points for Detroit, while Kevin Martin had 27 points for Houston and Aaron Brooks scored 25. Martin and Brooks, though, both missed key 3-point attempts in the last 10 seconds of overtime.
Rodney Stuckey did not play, two days after collapsing on the bench during Detroit's loss in Cleveland. Pistons coach John Kuester said Stuckey was still undergoing tests and the team expected to know more about his status within 48 hours.
The Rockets forced Detroit to miss 16 of 21 shots in one stretch, but the Pistons hit enough free throws to stay within 96-90 midway through the fourth.
Back-to-back fast-break dunks by Prince narrowed the margin to 100-96 with 2:35 left, and another one tied the game at 102 with 45.8 seconds left.
Shane Battier missed a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, giving Detroit a chance to win in regulation, but Hamilton missed at the buzzer.
The Rockets only scored three points in the first four minutes of overtime, allowing Detroit to build a 109-105 lead. Prince, though, missed a pair of free throws with 11.3 seconds left. Brooks badly missed a go-ahead 3-pointer, but Jonas Jerebko could only make one of two from the line, leaving the Pistons ahead 110-107 with 4.8 seconds left.
This time, it was Martin who saw the tying 3-pointer bounce off the rim.
The Pistons led 57-55 at the half, outshooting Houston 55 percent to 50 percent.
Houston regained the advantage in the third, getting 10 points each from Brooks and Martin, and took an 86-82 lead into the final period.
Note: Ben Wallace, who didn't play because of a sore knee, picked up a technical foul for arguing a first-half call despite being in street clothes. Hamilton got one for the same reason in the third quarter.
Source: AP News