Thunder Nation is gushing over its ball team

The Thunder routed the Lakers 106-90 Monday night to close out the NBA's glamour franchise and send the Boomers to a Western Conference Finals that promises to take this city and state by storm.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 22, 2012

Kevin Durant drilled a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, and 32 seconds later he drilled another.

Drill is the proper word. When you drill in Oklahoma, you're going to hit a gusher.

The Thunder routed the Lakers 106-90 Monday night to close out the NBA's glamour franchise and send the Boomers to a Western Conference Finals that promises to take this city and state by storm.

Watch out, even you non-hoop fans. You're about to bathe in Thunder crude.

From the ear-shattering celebrations of every magical play from Durant or Russell Westbrook, to the crazy Thunder Alley scene on Reno Avenue, to the sleep-deprived souls from Quapaw to Gotebo staying up to watch this thrilling team, this state is going bonkers over this ball team. And who can blame it?

The Thunder took out the Lakers, even with Kobe Bryant turning back time with 42 points in Game 5 Monday night.

The Thunder sent Metta World Peace home with nothing but memories of a flagrant foul, which might not have been deserved but was sort of a lifetime achievement award. The foul called in the final seconds of the first half gave Thabo Sefolosha two foul shots, Kevin Durant two foul shots off technicals when Metta and Kobe both argued, and Thabo a chance for a seven-point possession with a 3-pointer.

He missed, which was a good thing, else the Chesapeake roof might have blown away.

“The emotion in the building and the energy was off the charts,” Scotty Brooks said after vanquishing the Lakers. “Our guys love it. We understand it's a special place to play.”

This is different from a year ago, when the Thunder reached the West finals but was mostly just glad to be there. This Thunder team is more championship-caliber. And Oklahomans are more connected than ever to this franchise. The Thunder is taking Oklahoma on a wild, unimaginable ride.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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