Mike Conley’s game-tying 3 bounced high off the back of the rim as the buzzer rang. Kevin Durant walked over, and wrapped those tarantula arms around Reggie Jackson. And wouldn’t let go.
Who knows what happens next. Who knows if this win just delays the inevitable, or if it’s the kind of night that we reflect on in June as being the defining moment of the season. At this present moment, I don’t care. Because watching Durant hug Jackson like he was a soldier coming home from war is one of those things that kind of transcends the ridiculously incredible game we just watched.
The MVP-to-be, who just suffered through one of the worst games of his life that also happened to be one of the biggest, wasn’t thinking about shooting percentages, or trophies, or scoring streaks. In that moment as he held on to Jackson, it was about the raw survival at all costs, about a team backed into a corner sticking together, and doing something that seemed impossible — winning a game where Durant and Westbrook scored a combined 30 points on 11-45 shooting.