The folks taking care of the Lloyd Noble Center floor quickly peeled up the black tape that signaled an NBA three-pointer Friday night. The Hornets game was over. The next folks to play on the court won't need that long of a basket perimeter.

But judging by the crowd's enjoyment of the New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets, the team could be back for another night in Norman.

There were not many empty seats. Officially, there were 11,343 seats sold in four days to create a "home court" advantage over the Sacramento Kings. It worked and the Hornets stung the Kings, 90-76.

The game was good for Norman and continued central Oklahoma's love affair with the displaced NBA team. Keep that tape handy. They may come back.

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