Midway through the first quarter of the All-Star game on Sunday night, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook shared the floor — as teammates — for the last time since last summer.
About a minute after West head coach Steve Kerr summoned Westbrook from the bench to play alongside his former longtime running mate, the pair of superstars combined for a give-and-go. With Westbrook running the point, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard dished a pass to Durant, who then lofted an alley-oop to Westbrook.
“That’s the beauty of the game,” Kerr told reporters after the West took down the East 192-182. “You just let the game break the ice.”
The rest of the West roster couldn’t get enough of the exchange. A TNT camera caught Stephen Curry raising his arms in excitement and shouting in mock disbelief.
“Oh my god. Oh my god,” the back-to-back MVP exclaimed as he sat on the bench. “What just happened?”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 20, 2017
During the timeout that ensued, the rest of the roster clapped wildly, poking fun at Durant and Westbrook and the feud that was defused — if only briefly.
“That’s pretty cool. It was cute,” Draymond Green joked during an in-game interview.
Following his 41-point, 20-minute outing, Westbrook deflected a question about the play.
“Yeah, he threw a lob. That’s all that happened. Just threw a lob,” Westbrook told reporters. “It’s basketball. That’s it.”
Durant also didn’t have much to say about the pass.
“It was a good play,” Durant told reporters. “Good catch. Good finish.”
Durant, who like Curry went for 21 points, also became the fourth player ever to hit a triple-double in the All-Star game, finishing with 10 boards and 10 assists.
Curry was involved in one of the funnier moments of the night less than three minutes into the third quarter.
After Milwaukee Buck Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbed a rebound and hammered a monster dunk over the back-to-back MVP, Curry opted out of another poster moment on the following possession. With Antetokounmpo racing to the hoop on the break, Curry simply laid facedown on the court.
Steph was not about to end up in Giannis’ poster… pic.twitter.com/m97VcbcE8I
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 20, 2017
A couple minutes later, all four Dubs shared the floor alongside Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans big man ended up claiming the MVP award in his home gym, going for an All-Star game record 52 points as he attempted 39 field goals — also a high for the exhibition.