Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Rockets already part of history

In the NBA's long history, there have only been 12 teams to dig out of a daunting 3-0 series hole and bring it back to 3-2, including the Rockets-Thunder and Knicks-Celtics.
by Berry Tramel and Anthony Slater Published: May 2, 2013

While the Rockets chase history — and the Thunder try to avoid it — Houston can already place its unlikely comeback attempt in rarefied air.

In the league's long history, there have only been 12 teams to dig out of a daunting 3-0 series hole and bring it back to 3-2, including twice last night (Rockets-Thunder and Knicks-Celtics).

Of those 12, only three have ever forced a Game 7 — the 2003 Blazers against the Mavericks, the 1994 Nuggets against the Jazz and the 1951 Knicks against the Rochester Royals — and none of them won the series.

KINGS REUNION

Francisco Garcia and Kevin Martin spent five seasons together with the Sacramento Kings. In those five years, Martin averaged 33.8 minutes and 19.3 points. Garcia averaged 23.4 minutes and 9.0 points.

In the last three games of this series, Garcia has averaged 15.0 points a game and made 12 of 27 3-pointers. Martin has averaged 11.4 points a game and made nine of 27 3-pointers.

In his last year-and-a-half with Sacramento, Garcia averaged 17 minutes a game on a bad team. But the trade to Houston did not rejuvenate Garcia's career.

The Rockets played 27 regular-season games after the trade. Garcia played in 18 of them. He averaged 17.7 minutes per game and 6.4 points per game.

But the last three games, Garcia has averaged 361/2 minutes a game and is playing terrific defense on Kevin Durant.

HACK-A-TURK BACKFIRES

Scott Brooks' strategy of intentionally fouling Rocket center Omer Asik backfired.

 The Thunder crawled within 93-85, and then fouled Asik on six straight possessions. The strategy didn't cause undue harm on the scoreboard — when it was over, the Rockets led 101-92, with 3:53 left — but the Thunder had squandered 1:40 of playing time.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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