Thunder-Spurs: Inside the Durant family's group hug

On a night that will leave Oklahoma City with plenty of memorable moments, none was more special than KD's family's group hug.
by Jenni Carlson Published: June 7, 2012

Kevin Durant wanted to celebrate with his team.

Not the team in home white.

Oh, the Thunder superstar celebrated plenty with his teammates on Wednesday night. But in the waning seconds of game like no other Oklahoma City has ever seen, Durant wanted a moment with his other team.

Team Durant.

On a night that will leave Oklahoma City with plenty of memorable moments, none was more special than his family's group hug. Durant walked over to his mom and his brother and wrapped them in a big ol' bear hug.

Everyone was crying.

“Then I thought, ‘I hope we didn't celebrate too soon,'” Durant's mom, Wanda Pratt, said.

No worries.

Thunder 107, Spurs 99.

Those final seconds punctuated an earsplitting comeback in Game 6 and an unbelievable rally in the Western Conference Finals.

The Thunder is headed to the NBA Finals.

Yet for Team Durant, it could've just as easily been a state title back in Kevin's high school days at Montrose Christian. The family has celebrated together many times before.

But nothing was quite like this.

What did it mean to be there to see her son lead his team to the NBA Finals?

Pratt nearly cried at the question.

“After watching the guys work so hard, it's not just about Kevin,” she said. “I know I cheer him on, but after watching the guys work so hard ... I'm so happy for them all.”

Remember, Pratt has been there all along. She was there for the contentious 20-win season in Seattle. She was there for the 3-29 start in Oklahoma City. She was there when the struggles and the doubts would hit her son like a Kendrick Perkins screen.

Seeing your kid hurt is tough for any mama.

Pratt was no different.

Remember, these two are especially tight. Pratt was a single mom for much of sons Tony and Kevin's childhood. She worked multiple jobs. She struggled to make ends meet.

It wasn't easy.

That shared struggle knit them together.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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