Thunderstruck: OKC goes mad for pro basketball

5:35 PM, Jun 10, 2012   |    comments
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City has been thunderstruck by the success of its NBA franchise.  

Oklahomans are, for the time being, forgetting their loyalties to their college teams.  

The Thunder open the NBA finals against the Miami Heat at home on Tuesday.  

The city is decked out in the blue-and-orange team colors, and one business has put up a giant beard on its facade as a tribute to Thunder guard James Harden.  

The Thunder began playing in Oklahoma City in 2008, after moving from Seattle. The Thunder was one of the league's worst teams four years ago, but has been successful since, losing in the Western Conference finals last year.  

The state's sports loyalties are often divided between the Oklahoma football team and Oklahoma State's wrestling squad.    

The Associated Press

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