Beating a hot team on the road hasn't been a Pistons hallmark in recent memory.

Doing it without virtually any contribution from Greg Monroe makes it even a tougher task.

Monroe went scoreless until the fourth quarter as the Pistons didn't have enough offense to catch up to the Rockets, 97-80 Tuesday night at the Toyota Center.

Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 20 points, his second straight 20-point outing.