Posted April 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
James Harden is going to need much more help from his Houston Rockets teammates if he hopes to knock off the team that traded him away before the season started. Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Russell Westbrook made a run at a triple-double in three quarters and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed Harden and the Rockets 120-91 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. ''Believe it or not, I think this was good for us,'' Harden said. ''Losing like this was definitely good for us. Now we know how to play.'' Harden scored 20 but Houston was held 15 points below its regular-season average while shooting 36 percent. The Rockets, who set a franchise record for 3-pointers during the regular season, finished 8 for 36 (22 percent) from behind the arc. Harden didn't get much help from the rest of his fellow starters, who combined for a total of three career playoff starts, all by center Omer Asik. None of the other starters scored in d...

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The Rockets are likely glad Houston isn't too far from Oklahoma City for more than it just being a short flight. It was a reason why they have decided not to stay the night after Game 1 of their first round playoff series against the Thunder on Sunday. "I just think you come back," Rockets coach Kevin McHale told the Houston Chronicle. "For a 45, 50-minute flight...

Jeremy Lin: Critics Have “Bipolar” Perception Of Me

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Everything goes wrong for Rockets

Game 1 in OKC was a disaster for Jeremy Lin, James Harden and the rest of the Rockets. This series is going to be an utter mismatch.

Playoffs bring The Beard back to Oklahoma City

The Beard is back. After getting traded to Houston at the end of training camp, James Harden had a feeling he might be meeting up with his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates when the NBA playoffs rolled around. Sure enough, his Rockets will open the postseason Sunday night at Oklahoma City. Harden spent his first few years in the league building friendships with Kevin Durant...

Russell Westbrook puts Rockets Patrick Beverly on skates

Game 1 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and The Houston Rockets was a massacre. The Rockets got punched in the mouth, plain and simple. Of course there was a Russell Westbrook highlight. Towards the end of the third quarter, Russ put Rockets Patrick Beverly on skates.   Russell was charged with an offensive foul. Didn’t really matter, the Thunder were up by 20 at that point...

Rockets regroup after blowout against Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Coach Kevin McHale was curious to see how his group of playoff newcomers would respond when the Houston Rockets returned to the postseason for the first time in four years. Now that that's over with and the jitters should be gone, it's time for the Rockets to try and tackle the matter of solving the Oklahoma City Thunder's versatile defense. The...

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Aeros qualify for the playoffs, but is bittersweet as Houston loses regardless

"Closing Time, open all the doors and let you out into the world, closing time, turn all the lights on over every boy and every girl, closing time, one last call for alcohol so finish your whiskey or beer, closing time, you don't have to go home but you can't stay here," are the lyrics of the Twin Cities'-based band Semisonic.  The lyrics are sadly appropriate...

Rockets-Thunder Preview

The Beard is back. In a classic plot twist to spice up the NBA playoffs, Harden and his Houston Rockets faded just enough in the final stretch of the regular season to drop to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, just as his old team locked up the top seed. That set up a first-round clash between Harden and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team that drafted him and where he...

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