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OKC Thunder notebook: Derrick Rose scores 26 as Chicago Bulls beat OKC

Derrick Rose scored a game-high 26 points to lead Chicago to a 104-95 win over the Thunder on Wednesday night in the preseason finale for Oklahoma City.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 23, 2013

WICHITA LOVE

A sold out crowd inside INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., greeted the Thunder and Bulls with a warm welcome Wednesday night.

Twenty minutes before tip-off, much of the arena was filled with fans who stood in anticipation for the second straight visit by Oklahoma City. They remained on their feet until minutes after tip-off.

“It's exciting to see how many fans we have around the country,” Durant said. “It's great we can go places and they cheer for the Thunder, so we're doing something right.”

Last year's Thunder-Mavericks game in Wichita drew a record crowd of 15,004.

“We like to come up here,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “I'm probably speaking out of place here, but we'd like to come up here every (year). It's been great these last two years. It's right down the road from us. It's an opportunity for us to continue to spread our basketball team.”

DURANT ON ROSE

Durant said he isn't surprised at the success Bulls guard Derrick Rose has had this preseason, calling Rose a special breed of player.

“It's just certain players that have that ‘it' and he's one of them,” Durant said. “A guy that's not going to be denied no matter what, an injury, bad games, whatever, he's just going to always bring it. He's one of those guys. So I knew it would be like this.”

GET YOUR TICKETS

In a report by Vivid Seats, a secondary ticket marketplace, the Thunder enter the 2013-14 season with the third-highest median ticket price on the secondary market at $170.

New York ranks first at $200. The Los Angeles Lakers are the second highest at $180.

The Thunder also will host the third most expensive game of the season against Houston on Dec. 29, with a median ticket price of $345. OKC's visit to New York on Christmas Day is the fourth-most expensive game of the year at $335.

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Brooks on evaluating performances in preseason basketball “Exhibition is tricky at times. I mean, summer league, I was a monster. And then exhibition I was pretty good. And in the regular season I was back to being “Get in the game. You've got two minutes to go and we're up 15.”