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February 20, 2014

‘Loud City’ helps fuel Thunder momentum

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NORMAN —

Over a 10-day span from Jan. 17-27, the Thunder played four homes games against Golden State, Sacramento, Portland and Atlanta. In each contest, the fourth quarter proved to be pivotal, emotional and full of action.

From Durant going for 54 points against the Warriors to him hitting a walk-off game-winner against the Hawks, the Peake was at a fever pitch. The common trait was the fans turning the intensity of the game.

“When the Thunder are making one of their comebacks at the Peake, there is a feeling of momentum and energy that increases as each point of the deficit is erased,” season ticket holder Eric Urbach said. “A run usually starts with a big basket, then maybe a block on the defensive end that starts a fast break that ends with a big dunk.

“It is like a boxing match when one of the fighters starts taking blows and you can tell that it is only going to take a few more punches to knock him out. You start to anticipate one opponent overtaking over the other, and it’s quite a rush.”

While this feeling may not be totally unique to Oklahoma City, it has become a staple of the team’s success. Brooks, Durant and Russell Westbrook have said over and over how “Loud City” has carried the team through stretches when the team just didn’t have “it.”

“The fan base is unreal,” Lawton resident Ron Medina said. “The critics made comments saying Oklahoma could not support a professional team. They were wrong. Sell-out crowds all the time. The fans cause havoc with the noise. Visiting players are just not used to the loudness. It is very deafening.”

Opposing players have taken notice of how Thunder’s fan base has grown.

“They probably have the best crowd in the league,” the Lakers Kobe Bryant said last year. “Their crowd is incredible.”

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