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Thunder gets physical early on in response to Russell Westbrook's injury.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 27, 2013

Atmosphere: D. Playing in the Toyota Center isn't like playing in Portland or Salt Lake or Oakland or any of the NBA's most rabid arenas. The Toyota Center was not full for Houston's first home playoff game in four years, and whatever anticipation was sucked from the building with the Thunder's torrid start. The Rocket crowd's biggest contribution was booing — it booed Durant during pregame introductions, an NBA rarity; booed Kevin Martin, who spent the previous 2 1/2 seasons with the Rockets; and booed Derek Fisher, who declined to play for Houston when he was traded by the Lakers 14 months ago.

Rebounding: A. The Thunder mysteriously was hurt on the boards in Game 2. But not in Game 3. The Thunder dominated from the outset, outscoring Houston 18-9 in second-chance points. Houston missed 47 shots but got only 10 offensive rebounds, an excellent percentage by the Thunder. Kevin Durant had 13 defensive rebounds. Thabo Sefolosha had eight.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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