It was a great opportunity squandered for the young Rockets, while being the youngest team in the NBA, got a break when Russell Westbrook was injured for the rest of the playoffs in Game 2. They won Game 4 in Houston, Game 5 in Oklahoma City but riding a 10-point lead in the middle of the third at home, couldn't quite hold on and thus had their season ended prematurely.
They fought back admirably after digging themselves a 3-0 hole, a deficit in which no NBA team has ever come back from.
The Rockets made the playoffs for the first time since 2009, which featured a vastly different cast of characters, such as Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and "Metta World Peace" formerly known as Ron Artest.
Before the season began they signed free agents Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to big, multiyear, back-loaded free-agent deals and traded for James Harden a few days before the opener.
Here is a "Fact vs. Fiction" from the Houston Rockets' 2012-13 playoff performance.