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OKC Thunder: First win a big relief

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 3, 2008 at 8:34 am •  Published: November 3, 2008

You wondered if they would ever lead.

Milwaukee led wire-to-wire last week, then Sunday night the T-Wolves led most of the first half.

Then Collison made a steal with help from Jeff Green, and Earl Watson fed Green for a dunk that gave OKC a 44-43 lead with 2:02 left in the second quarter.

And suddenly, it seemed like old times at the Ford Center, like one of those Chris Paul-fueled Hornet runs.

"I don’t think anyone in this locker room can say enough about our fans,” Desmond Mason said.

This win was for the crowd, which was disappointing in number but not in decibel level. The Thunder’s sellout streak ended at one, with a crowd of 18,163, but apparently that is no big deal to the Boomer brass, else they would have kept selling season tickets instead of creating a waiting list.

But the crowd still was energetic.

Watson said the crazies made him "want to get a technical,” just to see how loud they might go.

They can go louder. We know that. The Thunder will have to provide motivation, of course, and it might not happen against the Celtics.

OKC’s biggest lead against Minnesota was the final margin. If OKC takes the lead against Boston, snap a photo of the scoreboard and treasure it.

And treasure this historic victory over Minnesota. It most definitely was needed.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080. Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
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 Oklahoman,...
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