Found April 22, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kendrick Perkins ran the break, Derek Fisher made a contested 3-pointer, Kevin Durant drew a charge on his old pal James Harden, dogs jumped rope at halftime and another fan made another 20,000 half-court shot. Everything went right for the Thunder against Houston in their first playoff game as the defending Western Conference champs, and if Sunday was supposed to about Oklahoma City vs. its former favorite son Harden, well, that didn't exactly come off. Harden brought the storyline and the motivation, and of course the beard, but he and the Rockets didn't bring much else. The Thunder won 120-91 and with it brought a sense of domination that made it unacceptable to remotely believe Houston could win this series. It's a 1-0 lead, but Sunday seemed like a technical fall, a tap-out by the Rockets as they benched their own starters in the fourth quarter in mock surrender. Maybe Houston should have considered that idea earlier. Harden was bad, but if he w...
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