Thunder mania sweeps Oklahoma City, rest of state

The sights and sounds of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2010 playoff run created memories that will last a lifetime.
By Darnell Mayberry, Published: August 22, 2010

Last seasons' playoff run sealed the Thunder's place in Oklahoma's sports landscape. But the franchise has been a hit since it relocated from Seattle in the summer of 2008. The team sold out of its season ticket packages in five days before the inaugural season and saw 46 of 82 home games sell out over the first two seasons.

After a league-best 27-game turnaround netted an improbable 50-win season and a thrilling playoff series against the now back-to-back defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, the love affair is now expected to only grow larger.

"The Thunder takes the whole market to another level because we have these various things now to be proud of and talk about," Bastida said.

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