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OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder-Mavericks draws record crowd in Wichita

The Thunder set another arena record, drawing a sellout crowd of 15,004 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., for its 88-76 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. The facility opened in January 2010.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: October 24, 2012

As part of the $21,000 renovation, the center now has a Thunder blue court with Thunder and NBA logos, plus new backboards, goals, benches and other improvements. Several Thunder players will join children from the Pitts Park neighborhood on Friday to dedicate the new court.


Brooks said he was pleased with his team's rebounds (51) and assists (26), but was not pleased with poor spacing on offense that led to 18 turnovers. … The Mavericks had only 11 available players and were without Dirk Nowitzki, who had knee surgery last Friday. Nowitzki's exact return date is unknown, but he has said he'll be ready two weeks after he is cleared to return to on-court workouts. Nowitzki has been selected to the last 11 All-Star Games. … Intrust Bank Arena is home to a Central Hockey League team coincidentally also named the Thunder. … The Mavs have an all-rookie candidate in forward Jae Crowder, who finished with a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds. … Last season, OKC sold out every game at Chesapeake Energy Arena during the regular season and playoffs. This season, there is a waiting list for 3,500 seats.


Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka after learning how long it would take the team plane to fly from Wichita to OKC: “It's a 20-minute flight? Why don't we just walk?”