NBA capsules for the first round playoff series

Published: Friday, April 19 2013 9:44 p.m. MDT

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How they got here: Because they won seven of their past nine games, the Thunder earned the top seed in the West and finished with the second-best record in the entire NBA behind the Miami Heat. In other words, no James Harden, no problem. Olympians Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook again showed why they're a terrific duo. Durant finished second in the league in scoring with 28.1 points per game, and also averaged 7.9 rebounds per game. Westbrook (23.2 ppg, 7.4 assists per game) also was very productive. Meanwhile, newcomer Kevin Martin averaged 14 ppg in his first season with OKC. Martin was part of a blockbuster trade which sent the popular James Harden to the Houston Rockets. The Rockets lost four of their last six games in losing their bid to get the No. 7 seed. Harden averaged 25.9 ppg and 5.8 apg. Houston's other big off-season acquisition, Jeremy Lin, averaged 13.4 ppg and 6.1 apg. Omer Asik averaged 10.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg.

Key to the series: Jeremy Lin needs to play like the Jeremy Lin who gained fame last season with the New York Knicks. If he can do that, the Rockets have a shot at pulling off the upset.
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