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Doubling Down

Thunder's Lamb, Jackson combine to effectively replace Harden's contributions

Updated: December 24, 2013, 10:24 AM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

This is not the way the plan was supposed to play itself out.

When the James Harden-for-Kevin Martin trade went down, the plan was for Martin to fill the scoring void left by Harden to essentially become the third "star" in the Oklahoma City Thunder's three-man dynasty.

OKC found out in an ugly way that it wasn't just Harden's scoring (16.8 points per game) that it was missing. It was a combination of his size, confidence, tenacity and his ability to keep defenders on their ...

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