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Kevin Durant, Rihanna share magic moments during Thunder-Clippers Game 6

by Erik Horne Modified: May 16, 2014 at 7:35 am •  Published: May 16, 2014

While finishing off the Clippers on Thursday, Kevin Durant chummed it up with hip hop superstar Rihanna. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
While finishing off the Clippers on Thursday, Kevin Durant chummed it up with hip hop superstar Rihanna. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

There was a game within a game Thursday night.

I didn’t get it at first when Kevin Durant and hip hop artist Rihanna had some weird connection going on in the middle of a potential series-clincher for the Thunder. Rihanna was sitting courtside at Thunder-Clippers Game 6.

When I first read that stuff on Twitter, it looked like either some mid-game flirting (possible) or like Rihanna was talking smack (also possible).

Then it all made sense. Rap mogul Jay Z represents Durant via Roc Nation Sports. Rihanna is under the Roc Nation label umbrella run by Jay Z. I’m admittedly not a hip hop connoisseur, but I probably should have known this.

Rihanna is also the on-again-off-again girlfriend of rapper Drake — who’s also friendly with Durant — so there’s that, too. Durant’s has even said that if he could start a record label, he’d sign both artists.

Rihanna offered support to Durant and the Thunder on Twitter following the game.

I don’t know what’s more impressive:

1. That Durant dropped 39 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in a closeout game without Serge Ibaka, and with Russell Westbrook struggling, or
2. That Durant did all that while going back-and-forth with a pink-haired lady in the middle of a closeout game.

I guess that’s why he’s the MVP.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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