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NBA Playoffs 2013, Thunder vs. Rockets: Oklahoma City closes it out in Game 6

The Thunder dropped two straight games to the Rockets after a 3-0 lead and looked to be in trouble without Russell Westbrook, but they came back and won Game 6 in Houston to advance to the second round.

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Point guards, young and old, deliver for Thunder

The Thunder turned to point guards young and old when Russell Westbrook went down with an injury, and Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher delivered.

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Thunder, Grizzlies renew playoff rivalry

Grizzlies, Thunder renew rivalry after seven-game playoff series in 2010-11 season.

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Thunder advance to second round

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are headed to the second round after winning on the road against Houston Friday.

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OKC leads Houston at the break

Kevin Durant needed help with Russell Westbrook out and the team hoping to close out its first round series Friday. So far, he's getting it from Kevin Martin.

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Thunder vs. Rockets Game 6: Can OKC clinch it?

The Thunder have struggled to adjust in the wake of Russell Westbrook's injury, and now the Rockets have an opportunity to push the series to a winner-take-all Game 7. All they need to do it win at home on Friday night.

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KD's teammates need to step up

Kevin Durant has been phenomenal in the absence of Russell Westbrook, but his efforts have gone without reward. How can the Thunder finally put away the Rockets? Durant's teammates must step up and knock down the open looks he's creating for them.

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Lin cleared to play, won't start Game 6

When the Rockets host the Thunder in Game 6 on Friday night, Jeremy Lin will suit up. Don't expect him to return to the starting lineup, however. Here's the latest on Lin.

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James Harden has strep throat, available Friday

The Houston Rockets said James Harden is suffering from strep throat but should have their All-Star available Friday for Game 6.

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Life without Russ isn't easy

Oklahoma City's offense is struggling in the absence of Russell Westbrook. Of course it is! But in time things might be okay.

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Will the Hack-a-player ever die?

The Thunder deployed the good ol' Hack-a-(insert name here) against the Rockets' Omer Asik. Not only did it fail to work, but it made an otherwise exhilarating game unwatchable.

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Rockets, Celtics continue rise from dead

The Rockets held Kevin Durant scoreless down the stretch and managed to shock OKC again. The Celtics put a scare in the Knicks with a big road win on Wednesday. NBA fans suddenly have a few 3-2 series on their hands.

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Harden fights flu to lift Rockets in Game 5

The Houston Rockets went into Loud City and shocked the world, overcoming the star power of Kevin Durant and a ridiculous barrage of the infamous "Hack-a" strategy to pull off a big upset and extend the series.

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Houston uses 3-ball to grab halftime lead vs. OKC

Led by a resurgent James Harden and sharp-shooting Francisco Garcia, the Rockets are posed to keep their improbable series comeback run intact as they grabbed the halftime lead at OKC.

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3 questions for Game 5 of the Rockets and Thunder

Chandler Parsons, the paint battle and defensive stops come crunch time could key either the Oklahoma City Thunder or Houston Rockets to a Game 5 win.

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The importance of Jackson's aggression

With Russell Westbrook sidelined, Reggie Jackson takes on added importance in the Thunder's offense. He will be ignored often so teams can double-team Durant. We look at how he adjusted to those situations in Monday's Game 4 in Houston.

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Parsons coming into his own as series continues

As the Rockets faced elimination on Monday night, they needed a strong game from superstar James Harden. They didn't get it, but the rest of the team came to the rescue.

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Rockets hang on to avoid elimination

The Rockets got a stellar effort from Chandler Parsons and mitigated the effect of Kevin Durant to win 105-103 and avoid a sweep. The game ended when Serge Ibaka missed an open putback at the buzzer.

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Durant goes down but stays in

Thunder fans got a scare on Monday night when their superstar went down, but he appears to be well enough to continue to try to close out the Rockets in four games.

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Durant shows he can do it all through two frames

Kevin Durant continued to showcase his dynamic playmaking ability through the first two quarters of Game 4 in the absence of starting point guard Russell Wesbrook. In short? He can do it all.

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James Harden can't settle for jumpers

Thabo Sefolosha did a great job of defending James Harden in Game 3, forcing Houston's top offensive option to shoot just 40 percent. Harden has to be more aggressive driving to the basket if the Rockets want to avoid getting swept.

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OKC leads Houston 3-0 but questions still aplenty

Will the Houston Rockets finally get over the top to stave off elimination against the Oklahoma City Thunder?

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Linvisible

Houston's point guard has had an awful series, and on Saturday it killed the Rockets' chances of winning.

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Thunder take on Rockets without Westbrook

The Thunder are up, 2-0, on the Rockets heading into Game 3 on Saturday night, but Russell Westbrook is out with a torn meniscus. Could that injury change the outlook of the series?

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Westbrook out for season

Thunder star Russell Westbrook will not make a miracle return to the playoffs after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus.

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Beverley: I 'tried to make a play on the ball'

With news spreading that Russell Westbrook will be out indefinitely for the Thunder, Patrick Beverley shared his thoughts on the injury.

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Kevin Durant doesn't want Westbrook to rush back

Durant doesn't want his teammate to rush back too soon, even with the stakes so high in the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

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Westbrook's tear is minimal

Depending on what the doctors do during surgery, Westbrook may see the court again this postseason.

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Presti won't speculate on Westbrook's timetable

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has a torn right meniscus and will need to undergo surgery. The timetable for his return to the floor is murky at the moment.

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Westbrook tears meniscus, needs surgery

Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery after sustaining a knee injury on Wednesday night in Game 2. It's a huge blow for the Thunder.

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Rockets' Lin day-to-day after MRI shows bruise

The Rockets guard missed most of Game 2 as a result of the injury.

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Concerning defensive problems for OKC

The Oklahoma City Thunder did just enough to win Game 2 against the Houston Rockets, but the game should be cause for concern for Thunder fans because of how much Oklahoma City struggled defending Houston's small lineup.

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Lin hopes to play in Game 3, chest X-rays negative

Jeremy Lin left the Rockets' Game 2 loss to the Thunder with a chest injury. Will he be available to the team when the series shifts to Houston for Game 3?

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Durant, Thunder solve the Rockets' zone

The Oklahoma City Thunder made just enough plays after the Houston Rockets implemented a zone that had Kevin Durant and company off-kilter.

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Beverley shines as Rockets get unconventional

Point guard Patrick Beverley, just months after playing in St. Petersburg, Russia, recorded a double-double in his first start for the Houston Rockets.

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Thunder hold off Rockets, 105-102

A lineup change gave the Houston Rockets a fighting chance in Game 2, but Kevin McHale's squad couldn't make the plays down the stretch after coming back from a 15-point deficit.

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Lin questionable to return with chest injury

The Houston Rockets didn't have Jeremy Lin to start the second half because of a chest contusion.

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OKC leads Houston 57-55 at the half

A lineup change by the Houston Rockets has them two points down at the half.

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Westbrook and Beverley go at it

Westbrook and Beverley aren't on the best of terms in Game 2 of the series between the Rockets and Thunder.

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Rockets give Beverley surprise start against OKC

Just more than four months after joining the Houston Rockets, Beverley will make his first start for the team in Game 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Can Thunder keep rolling against Houston?

Can the Rockets rebound from a disappointing opening game performance to upend OKC in Game 2?

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The timeline where Harden stayed with OKC

James Harden wasn't great in the Rockets' Game 1 loss to the Thunder. But seeing him on the court with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook is just too tempting a daydream.

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Lin ineffective in Game 1 loss

Jeremy Lin was badly outplayed by Russell Westbrook in the Rockets' Game 1 loss to the Thunder.

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Thunder's 'Big 3' take it to Rockets

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka all played well in the Thunder's Game 1 beat down of the Rockets.

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Harden struggles in Game 1 against former team

James Harden had a rough shooting night against his former team in the Rockets' ugly Game 1 loss to the Thunder.

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Thunder rout Rockets in Game 1

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to a dominant victory over the Rockets in Game 1 of their opening-round series. James Harden struggled against his former team in the loss.

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Thunder No. 1 as playoffs begin

With James Harden in Houston, will Oklahoma City be able to take the final step as a franchise this season?

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Houston's long, careful, road back to the playoffs

The Rockets have been out of the playoffs since the 2008-2009 season but are back after a rebuild that has left them looking revamped and ready to battle in the Western Conference for years.

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Thunder heavy favorites against Rockets

James Harden faces his old team in the playoffs, but the Thunder are favored to advance.

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Thunder favored over Rockets in a landslide

The Rockets put together one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league, but will it be enough to overcome the Thunder?

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James Harden's skip passes

James Harden's ability to throw skip passes allows the Rockets to beat overloading defense even on isolation plays. Here is how the Rockets take advantage of Harden's passing.

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Rockets vs. Thunder: Reviewing the regular season

James Harden and the Houston Rockets lost two of their three regular season matchups against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Will things be different in the playoffs? Here's a look back on those first three games.

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The Durant pindown pick and roll

The Oklahoma City Thunder's pet play isn't complicated, but when you have Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, it can still be very effective.

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