DALLAS — Twin brothers Ruben and Jose Campos are identical, right down to their thin chin strap beards.
But on Tuesday night, there was one big difference between the two.
Ruben wore a Thunder jersey.
Jose wore a Mavericks T-shirt.
Despite their conflicting allegiances during the Western Conference Finals, the brothers sat side by side for Game 1 at American Airlines Center. There was no fighting. There was no yelling.
Except for their respective teams.
“He can root for his team,” Jose said before the game, “and I'll root for my team.”
Ruben said, “It's going to be great.”
Here's guessing Jose had a little more fun Tuesday night than Ruben did.
Mavericks 121, Thunder 112.
On a night when these Red River rivals tipped off their playoff series, there were a couple hundred Thunder fans among the blue-clad Mavericks faithful. With only three hours drive separating the two cities, plenty of fans are bound to infiltrate foreign soil for games.
Tuesday night in Dallas, there were Thunder fans from Moore and Edmond. There were folks in “Fear the Beard” shirts and Kevin Durant jerseys.
Then there were the Campos brothers, who didn't come from out of state but rather from across the metroplex in Fort Worth. Jose has been a longtime Mavs fan, while Ruben has been a longtime Durant fan.
Ruben loved the Thunder star when Durant was still a high school kid in Maryland. He loved Durant when he played for Texas, then Seattle and now Oklahoma City.
Tuesday was the first time Ruben had ever seen Durant play in person.
“You know what's crazy about it?” Jose said. “If Oklahoma City wouldn't have played in Dallas ... he'd have been in Oklahoma.”
Ruben said, “I was going to Oklahoma.”
Instead, Durant and the Thunder came to him. The brothers decided after Oklahoma City defeated Memphis on Sunday that they were going to see a game in Dallas. They called the ticket office, but the best available tickets were in the upper deck.
Ruben figured he'd rather stay home and watch on TV than sit that far away.
Then, the Campos brothers found some lower-level seats. Behind the basket. Section 124. Row C.
The cost: $1,100 per ticket.
“A lot,” Jose admitted. “It's worth it.”
He looked out at the players, so close that he could see their facial expressions.
“This is a beautiful seat,” he said. “I couldn't expect more.”
Ruben said, “Whether the Thunder wins or not, it's worth it.”