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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Although the Thunder loss to the Heat last night, Thunder fans came out in the thousands to show their love and support for the team.

It’s been such an incredible season and fans have supported the team every step of the way. The Thunder actually has one of the highest percentages of season ticket holders in the league and after a big loss the fans were there once again to show support.

Thousands of fans gathered at the airport to welcome home the Thunder.

After last night's loss to the Heat the super fans had a message for the team.

"I'm so proud of my Thunder. I'm a die-hard Thunder fan and I look forward to seeing them again and again and again. And I know next year we'll win it all,” one fan said.

Another fan says, "They are awesome and no matter what the score is they will always be our favorite team."

With signs and posters - kids, older folks, and everyone in between just want to let the players know what they truly mean to them.

"You guys do not know how much I love you guys, you are just like my babies. I know by next season you will be on fire. We're going to make it,” a fan said.
Fans raving at the player's skills are also marveled at how the team has changed the city.

"Just to see the way the city has changed since the Thunder has come here and the way it’s brought the city together in some sort of unity. Just the excitement that it brings,” a fan explains.

Others are already gearing up for next year.

One faithful says, "We support them they played great and we'll get them next year.”

"We got to the Western Conference Finals and won. Next year we'll give them hell so look out."

In addition to the excitement the team brings to the state, the team is also a financial asset. This season alone the Thunder has brought in more than $53 million to the city.

LaTasha Givens Reporting