By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer Published: November 27, 2009
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ly three NBA players in league history scored 400 or more points the first 15 games of a season at age 21 or younger — LeBron James (twice), Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan.

Late start
ESPN picked up tonight’s game as the back end of its Friday night doubleheader. Tipoff has been changed to 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The game is close to a sellout. The final 200 tickets will be available with 50 to be raffled off and 150 to be sold. Team officials are encouraging fans to wear Thunder blue.

Sampson reunion
Former OU coach Kelvin Sampson said he needed 50 tickets for tonight’s game. The Bucks assistant planned to meet with friends and some former players, including Tim Heskett and Renzi Stone, who both recently had new additions to their families.

"It’s always neat to come back and see friends,” Sampson said. "I have nothing but wonderful memories at OU. It was a great time not only in my life in terms of my career but great times for my family. Both of my kids went to elementary and middle school there, graduated from Norman High and they’re both OU graduates.”

And his thoughts of the local NBA team?

"The Thunder is really good,” Sampson said. "I really like what they’re doing. They have a lot of really good, young players and are playing well defensively.”

Toy Drive
Anyone who brings an unwrapped toy to tonight’s game for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program will receive a voucher for two free tickets to an upcoming game. Team officials are hosting a pregame block party with live music on Reno Avenue beginning at 5:30 p.m.


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