19,000 show up to celebrate Thunder's opening night

Updated: October 29, 2008, 9:06 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Desmond Mason went through opening night for Oklahoma City's first NBA team, the displaced New Orleans Hornets.

Now that Oklahoma City has a team to call its own in the Thunder, he expects crowds to be even more frenzied than they were during the Hornets' two-year stay.

"It's hard to try to put in words what's going to happen tonight," said Mason, a former Oklahoma State star who joined the Thunder in an offseason trade. "The atmosphere out there is going to be unbelievable."

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