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Thunder: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook building a strong bond

Oklahoma City's super stars complement each other on the court and compliment each other off the court.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm •  Published: February 27, 2012

When Westbrook was asked who the league's toughest player to cover is, regardless of position, he said Durant.

And even when answering a Jeremy Lin inspired question about which teammate's couch he'd prefer to sleep on if he had to, Westbrook again went with Durant.

“He's got the biggest house,” Westbrook said.

The chemistry and camaraderie between Westbrook and Durant throughout All-Star Weekend was unmistakable, whether on the court or off it. It seems it will only improve at this point and help propel the Thunder in the second half of the season.

Then again, things never have been toxic between the two, as some national pundits have portrayed their relationship. Still, that negativity no doubt has built a stronger bond.

With reporters asking about their relationship at every stop early this season, Westbrook and Durant grew closer in the face of shared adversity. Now, they're supporting each other more frequently in palpable ways.

When Westbrook rolled his right ankle and had to leave the game against Golden State on Feb. 17, Durant strolled over and stuck out his hand to help him off the court.

In that classic Nuggets game a night later, Westbrook tried settling down the crowd as Durant stood at the stripe for the first of his two free throw attempts in search of 50. Westbrook was then the first to walk over and congratulate Durant by giving him five.

Between annihilating the Nuggets with his own scoring, Durant gave a fist pump at nearly every basket Westbrook scored that night. The explosive point guard finished with 40. And even after finishing with a career-high 51 points, Durant deferred credit to Westbrook.

“A lot of people might talk about me getting 50, but Russell Westbrook carried us in overtime,” he said.