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Oklahoma City Thunder Bandwagon: Sights and Sounds from Game 1

James Harden, the former Thunder super sub, was greeted with a hearty chorus of boos when he was announced during the starting lineups.
by Jenni Carlson Published: April 21, 2013


Thunder fans were in playoff form Sunday night. The Peake was packed and lively for Game 1 of the Thunder's first-round series against the Rockets.

Here are some of the sights and sounds:


*The first time James Harden returned to The Peake, Thunder fans welcomed him with cheers. This time? Not so much. The former Thunder super sub was greeted with a hearty chorus of boos when he was announced during the starting lineups.

*Spotted inside The Peake: Former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer and current Sooner lineman Gabe Ikard.

*Every Thunder fan got a blue T-shirt with the word “TOGETHER” on the front.


Highlights from the live game chat on

*9:49 p.m.: Comment from The Real MartzMimic: It's amazing how I see Harden's flopping through a different lens these days.

*10:45 p.m.: Comment from Ida: We're running away with the game right now.

*10:47 p.m.: Comment from Kip: Houston might get one at their place, but a sweep is definitely possible.


What the Twitter World had to say about Game 1:

*From @dmorey, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey: Game day! Every home team winning yesterday shows tough task we have ahead. That said, lots of similarities to 2007 #8 GSW/#1 DAL series.

*From @NotBillWalton: The Thunder look to be in NBA Finals form. No coincidentally, so does James Harden.

*From @ZacBaltz: The Heat and Thunder are too good. #rematch

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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