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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

But the math didn't work. Asik was a 56.2 percent foul shooter in the regular season. That means that on the line, Asik is good for 1.1 points per possessions. And indeed, Asik made eight of 12 — after starting three of six. Eight of 12 is 1.25 points per possession.

The Rockets to that point had averaged 1.16 points per possession but were struggling in the fourth quarter — until the Hack-a-Turk, Houston had six points in 13 possessions.

And that was a series-long trend. In the last five minutes of the previous three games combined, Houston had scored 28 points in 28 possessions.

HARDEN GETS HOT

James Harden had been shooting miserably in the series — 4-of-25 on 3-pointers, through four games. But Harden made his first seven 3-point attempts in Game 5.

He finished 7-of-9, with 31 points. The Rockets as a team were 14-of-35.

“We were due for a couple 40 percent shooting nights from the 3-point line,” McHale said. “We've had them on and off all year. I give my guys a lot of freedom to shoot them.”

QUOTABLE

*Kevin McHale on what OKC misses most with Westbrook out: “They'll miss him everywhere, how could they not? He's one of the top players in the league. They probably miss him in the locker room, miss him in shootaround, miss him on the bus, miss him on the plane, miss him on offense, miss him on defense … did I miss anything? I'm sure they miss him. I'm really sorry and honestly, I say, ‘Sorry Westbrook.' I'm really sorry that he got hurt. I really am. I hate to see that happen to anybody.”

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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