SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM GAME 6
Wow. What more can you say about Game 6 inside The Peake?
SEEN AND HEARD
*We've got to start with everyone inside The Peake. Even when the Thunder was struggling early, people were on their feet. Then in the second half, it seemed like folks seldom sat down. It didn't matter if they were in the front row or in the highest seat in the arena.
What an atmosphere.
*The Thunder has been a hot ticket all season — but it might never have been more expensive than Wednesday night. At least one Thunder fan paid $210 each for a pair of tickets.
The seats' location?
Upper deck corner.
*Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was spotted sitting courtside in the first half.
Not spotted in the front row: Lil Wayne.
What, too soon?
*A couple top-notch signs seen inside The Peake — “Pop wants nasty. Scotty wants Finals” and “Eva Longoria is a Thunder fan.”
Well played, folks. Well played.
OKLAHOMA VETS THUNDER UP
A group of Oklahoma World War II veterans were in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for the anniversary of D-Day.
They went as part of the Oklahoma Honor Flights program. They met with Senator Jim Inhofe and Representative James Lankford. They visited the World War II Memorial. They took in the sites.
But what got them most excited perhaps?
The appearance of a Thunder flag and a chance to tape a video message to the Thunder.
Perhaps it was just coincidence the veterans were all wearing Thunder-blue shirts.
TWEET IT UP
What the Twittersphere had to say during Game 6:
@DeMarcoMurray: I'll just watch the Thunder close out the Spurs tonight. Then face Miami in the ‘ship!
@jadande: Tony Parker's like, If we go out, it's not on me.
@JNellyyy: Take my word for it, the OKC Thunder arena is louder than many packed football stadiums. And I've been to a lot of stadiums.
@BrentGooden: Thunder fever. Just boarded delayed flight to OKC from HOU. Everyone glued to phones. Crew giving score update.
@ScottWilliams: I'd like to see Stephen Jackson and Kendrick Perkins in a cage fight.
@jeffcapel: Durant is a cold dude!!! Best scorer, by far, in the NBA. May be becoming the best player!
SPREADING THE LOVE
Oklahoma has shown plenty of love to Charles Barkley.
The TNT analyst has been showered with all sorts of gifts during his time in Oklahoma City, but his on-air buddies got some goodies Wednesday night.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin presented Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal with engraved buffalo sculptures.
Highlights from the live chat at NewsOK.com during Game 6:
8:25 p.m.: Soonerule: This is getting out of hand.
8:25 p.m.: BB37: Not hitting shots, not defending.
8:32 p.m.: TEN: They are starting the “Welcome to the Jungle” music in the second quarter tonight. Pulling out all the stops.
8:44 p.m.: Tess: This game is going to give me a heart condition.
9:02 p.m.: Joe: Thunder doesn't deserve to win this, allowing over 60 points first half at home.
9:29 p.m.: Gary: Single digits, here we come.
9:29 p.m.: Crowd is certainly alive now.
9:31 p.m.: It's amazing what a little defense will do.
9:51 p.m.: Soonerule: Now, we need to take this home.
10:30 p.m.: BB37: Turn out the liiiiiiights. The party's overrrrr.
10:30 p.m.: Isaac: The party's just getting' started!