NBA Playoffs 2013 Standings: Jeremy Lin Powers Houston Rockets Over Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant In Game 2

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Apr 24, 2013 10:57 AM EDT
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin
The Houston Rockets had a rough go in game one of their series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but with game two coming on Thursday, Jeremy Lin and company has the chance to steal a game as the series heads to Houston.(Photo : Reuters) "

The Houston Rockets had a rough go in game one of their series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but with game two coming on Thursday, Jeremy Lin and company has the chance to steal a game as the series heads to Houston.

The Thunder are a far better team than the Rockets, but based on how they played this season, Houston can defeat Oklahoma City, just like they did in their first matchup when James Harden went off for 46 points. The first game of the playoffs series was a different story though, as the Thunder basically shutdown the scoring and kept the Rockets under 100 points as they won 120-99. Harden scored just 20 and Lin struggled from the field, but that doesn't mean the series is over just yet.

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Durant was a force for the Thunder, adding 24 points in a game that turned into a rout, with Oklahoma City going on runs in the second half that kept Houston out of it. The loss dropped the team to 1-3 against the Thunder and the team did a good job of keeping Harden at bay, as well as Lin, who had just four points and four assists, matching his turnover totals.

Lin will have a much better time in game two since the first one was his playoffs debut and after shooting just one for seven, he will drastically improve as the Rockets make adjustments. The Thunder are one of the top defensive teams in the league and Houston will need to rely on its scoring, which averaged over 105 points per game. If the team can get the ball to Harden in isolation and Lin settles in, the team has a chance to steal a game.

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