Now this one requires two things: A point guard who is both at home navigating the paint and also a threat to finish at the rim.
Luckily for James Harden, Jeremy Lin can do both.
Once again we have Harden stationary in the right corner behind the three-point line. We also have a slight screen near the elbow by Serge Ibaka to help create space for Russell Westbrook.
From there, though, instead of Westbrook coming over the top like Kevin Durant does in the Baseline- Alley-Oop set, the ball-handler goes under the screen to attack the rim.
The key here is keeping your eyes fixated on the rim. By doing just that, Westbrook draws the defense inward even before he takes flight.
This, once again, allows Harden move unimpeded toward the basket. Then, once Westbrook—or in Houston's case, Lin—gets off the ground, he can softball pitch it to a cutting Harden for the easy two.
Now, we all know Lin has had problems going left, so this will take some take some dexterity on his part, or the Rockets can just mirror the set up on the right side.
Either way, this one is a staple in Oklahoma City's playbook and should become one in Houston's as well.