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BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: March 11, 2010 at 7:25 am •  Published: March 11, 2010

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The Thunder is a lock to finish ahead of the Hornets. With Wednesday’s win, Oklahoma City won the season series 2-1 to clinch the tiebreaker. If the Thunder goes 10-9 or better they’re assured of finishing ahead of New Orleans even if the Hornets finished 17-0.

In a startling turnaround, the two franchises are headed in opposite directions.

"This is our team,” said Jay McIntosh of Oklahoma City. "The Hornets needed to go back to New Orleans for that city. Seattle didn’t want their team. We got them. (Thunder) players have put a lot into the city. With these young players it’s only going to get better.”

David West, who thrilled fans with Ford Center buzzer beaters, said OKC fans are like a former teammate that’s been traded. You can’t help but be thrilled when something good happens to them.

"They have a great fan support base here, a great environment,” West said. "It will be an even different atmosphere for the playoffs. They will make it tough on teams that come in here that will have to play a young, feisty team that plays hard.”

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