In their first appearance at Toyota Center since Feb. 12, the Rockets gave their largest crowd of the season quite a show.

A dominating first half, some late-game drama, the end of Terrence Jones’ slump and the home debut of forward Jordan Hamilton added up to the Rockets’ 118-110 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night in front of 18,330 fans.

Hamilton, 6-7, got his first start with the team as he played in front of the home crowd for the first time. Forward Chandler Parsons missed the game due to illness.

Hamilton finished with 13 points and four rebounds and is averaging 8.3 points since joining the team from Denver on Feb. 20.

“I was a little nervous; I’m not going to lie,” Hamilton said. “But it was a good crowd, and we got off to a really good start and got the win.”

Early dominance

By the end of the first quarter, the Rockets led 41-20. They kept up the energy in the second half and had their way with a Pistons team that struggled defensively. From fast-break layups to alley-oops to 3-pointers, the Rockets did it all in the first half. They shot 61.4 percent from the field and led 69-46 at halftime.

“I thought everyone was playing really well,” coach Kevin McHale said. “Good ball movement, good spacing, making the extra pass, hitting shots. They looked really good.”

Jones, who averaged 10 points and 5.3 rebounds in February after a January with averages of 15.8 points and 9.5 rebounds, looked like himself again. He scored early and often and finished the night with 22 points and 10 rebounds. His last 20-point game came Jan. 28 in a win over the Spurs.

Rockets forward Omri Casspi also had some snap, scoring 16 points and going 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

“Both of those things were good,” McHale said. “Omri made a lot of shots and Terrence was playing with a lot of energy. They really helped set a good pace tonight.”

In the third quarter, the Pistons started chipping away. The Rockets had led by as many as 25 and at the end of the third, they led by 15.

Pistons recover

In the fourth quarter, the Pistons closed the gap to seven points. And just like that, the Rockets needed late-game heroics to close out the game.

“I was worried when we got that big lead,” McHale said. “We got a little stagnant and let them come back. We didn’t play very well in the second half.”