OKC Thunder carries worldwide appeal as momentum builds in NBA Finals

OKLAHOMA CITY - Thunder fans from all over the state -- and the world -- converged on Oklahoma City for Game 2, ready to root for the NBA's most exciting story.

Many fans arriving to Bricktown caravanned in without assurance of a ticket only hours before the game.

Sherrie Kirk and her friends traveled down from Tahlequah in hopes of securing some last-minute seats through a ticket raffle.

"It would be a chance, one chance in a lifetime for us to be able to come," Kirk said.

Green Country fans poured in as well, pledging support for the OKC squad.

"It's Oklahoma's team, not just Oklahoma City," said Kaiti Smith, of Tulsa.

Thunder fan Ottis Bailey, of Miami, Okla., showed disbelief at Wednesday's growing excitement. "It's unbelievable how everybody is so into the Thunder, it's real amazing," he said.

Nebraska incomer Ross Ronne was also among the crowd. "You know we've just followed them, it's a spectacular thing," he said. "How can you root against Kevin Durant?"

Arguably the Thunder's biggest fan also made it in time for Wednesday's pre-game festivities. Rebecca Benesch came all the way from Crailsheim, Germany to see her favorite team.

"Ok, I'm going there when they're in the finals," she said. "I'll definitely do it."

Benesch says she is far from the only Thunder fan in Germany. In her hometown, Kevin Durant is on the cover of the local paper.

"He has a whole page of it and every time they win, it's like Oklahoma!" Benesch said. "And it's really cool."

The Thunder face off against the Miami Heat 7:30 Wednesday night on ABC. The team leads the NBA Finals series 1-0.

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