2012–13 Houston Rockets season
|2012–13 Houston Rockets season|
|James Harden's first season with the Rockets|
|Head coach||Kevin McHale|
|General manager||Daryl Morey|
|Place||Division: 3rd (Southwest)
Conference: 8th (Western)
|Playoff finish||Lost to Thunder 2–4
The 2012–13 Houston Rockets season was the 46th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 42nd based in Houston. The season is best remembered for acquiring All-Star and Sixth Man of the Year James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade. Along with Harden, the team brought in point guard Jeremy Lin after a magical season with the New York Knicks last year and center Omer Asik.
Despite a stellar season from new team captains Harden and Lin, the Rockets only managed to play mediocre basketball all season finishing with a 45-37 record, clinching the number 8 seed in the West. The Rockets season ended with a first round loss to Harden's former team, the Thunder in six games. As Houston hosted the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, Harden was the only representative.
- June 26: The Rockets trade forward Chase Budinger and their rights to Lior Eliyahu to the Minnesota Timberwolves for their 18th draft pick.
- June 27: Houston trades center Samuel Dalembert and their 14th draft pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for shooting guard Shaun Livingston, small forward Jon Brockman, power forward Jon Leuer, and their 12th draft pick.
- June 28: The 2012 NBA draft takes place at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
- July 1: Free agency has begun.
- July 11: Teams can now sign, trade, and even amnesty players to their liking.
- July 13: Houston uses their amnesty clause on Luis Scola. His rights were received by the Phoenix Suns two days later.
- July 18: Houston officially signs point guard Jeremy Lin, after the New York Knicks decline on matching their offer.
- July 25: Houston officially signs center Ömer Aşık, after the Chicago Bulls decline on matching their offer.
- March 5: Houston sign 09-10 NBA Most Improved Player Award and former Sacramento Kings point guard Aaron Brooks. In addition, Houston waive F Tyler Honeycutt in order to make room for Aaron Brooks.
|1||12||Jeremy Lamb||SG||United States||Connecticut|
|1||16||Royce White||PF||United States||Iowa State|
|1||18||Terrence Jones||PF||United States||Kentucky|
|2012–13 Houston Rockets roster|
|y-San Antonio Spurs||58||24||.707||–||35–6||23–18||12–4||82|
|New Orleans Hornets||27||55||.329||31||16–25||11–30||5–11||82|
|1||c-Oklahoma City Thunder *||60||22||.732||–||82|
|2||y-San Antonio Spurs *||58||24||.707||2.0||82|
|3||x-Denver Nuggets *||57||25||.695||3.0||82|
|4||y-Los Angeles Clippers||56||26||.683||4.0||82|
|6||x-Golden State Warriors||47||35||.573||13.0||82|
|7||x-Los Angeles Lakers||45||37||.549||15.0||82|
|11||Portland Trail Blazers||33||49||.402||27.0||82|
|14||New Orleans Hornets||27||55||.329||33.0||82|
(1) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (8) Houston Rockets
|Houston Rockets 91, Oklahoma City Thunder 120|
|Scoring by quarter: 19–26, 28–34, 19–29, 25–31|
|Pts: James Harden 20
Rebs: Terrence Jones 8
Asts: Lin, Beverley 4 each
|Pts: Kevin Durant 24
Rebs: Russell Westbrook 8
Asts: Russell Westbrook 10
|Oklahoma City leads series, 1–0|
|Houston Rockets 102, Oklahoma City Thunder 105|
|Scoring by quarter: 28–29, 27–28, 17–21, 30–27|
|Pts: James Harden 36
Rebs: Ömer Aşık 14
Asts: Harden, Beverley 6 each
|Pts: Durant, Westbrook 29 each
Rebs: Serge Ibaka 11
Asts: Kevin Durant 9
|Oklahoma City leads series, 2–0|
|Oklahoma City Thunder 104, Houston Rockets 101|
|Scoring by quarter: 39–19, 27–30, 14–27, 24–25|
|Pts: Kevin Durant 41
Rebs: Kevin Durant 14
Asts: Kevin Durant 4
|Pts: James Harden 30
Rebs: Aşık, Harden 8 each
Asts: Chandler Parsons 7
|Oklahoma City leads series, 3–0|
|Oklahoma City Thunder 103, Houston Rockets 105|
|Scoring by quarter: 24–29, 36–24, 24–38, 19–14|
|Pts: Kevin Durant 38
Rebs: Kevin Durant 8
Asts: Kevin Durant 6
|Pts: Chandler Parsons 27
Rebs: Ömer Aşık 14
Asts: Chandler Parsons 8
|Oklahoma City leads series, 3–1|
|Houston Rockets 107, Oklahoma City Thunder 100|
|Scoring by quarter: 30–26, 20–17, 37–32, 20–25|
|Pts: James Harden 31
Rebs: Ömer Aşık 11
Asts: Chandler Parsons 4
|Pts: Kevin Durant 36
Rebs: Serge Ibaka 9
Asts: Kevin Durant 7
|Oklahoma City leads series, 3–2|
|Oklahoma City Thunder 103, Houston Rockets 94|
|Scoring by quarter: 26–29, 32–25, 20–23, 25–17|
|Pts: Kevin Durant 27
Rebs: Nick Collison 9
Asts: Reggie Jackson 8
|Pts: James Harden 26
Rebs: Ömer Aşık 13
Asts: James Harden 7
|Oklahoma City wins series, 4–2|
- Regular-season series
|Oklahoma City won 2–1 in the regular-season series:|
This was the seventh playoff meeting for these two teams, with Oklahoma City (previously Seattle) winning five of the six previous series.
- Playoff series details between these two teams
|Oklahoma City/Seattle led 5–1 in the playoffs history|
- 2012-13 Houston Rockets Schedule, NBA.com, Retrieved October 13, 2012