Thunder Fans Heartwarmingly Showed Up to Airport to Greet Team Despite Loss

May 18, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA;  Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7) reacts after the loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
May 18, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7) reacts after the loss to the Dallas Mavericks. / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the Oklahoma City Thunder lost in a heartbreaking game to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night to be eliminated from the NBA playoffs, diehard Thunder fans were stationed at the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City ready to celebrate their team.

Thunder players were met with "OKC!" chants right outside of the airplane.

Although the players were likely still hurt from the last-second 117โ€“116 loss in the Western Conference semifinals game, they took the time to greet the fans and high-five them through the fence.

The cheers were just as loud as if the Thunder won the NBA championship. OKC definitely has a loyal fanbase.

It's important to note that the team didn't arrive back in Oklahoma City until well after midnight, too.

One can only imagine what the Thunder fans will act like if the team ever advances to the NBA Finals in the future.

Saturday's game ended in dramatic fashion as the Thunder were up by one point with two seconds left in the game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander fouled Mavericks forward P.J. Washington on a shot from beyond the arc, causing Washington to have three free throw chances. He made two foul shots to win the game.


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