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.
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.
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.
And now, it makes this shared success all the sweeter.
Pratt attends virtually every home game and has become a fixture in her courtside seat across the home hardwood from the Thunder bench. She dances. She cheers. And after every game, she gets a kiss and a hug from her baby.
She got those again Wednesday night, and this time around, the hug was longer than normal.
And the tears?
Those were a rarity.
Then again, so is a Western Conference title.
“I'm just proud of him,” Pratt said. “I'm just proud that he's accomplished this goal. It's one of the things he's done in his career in such a short time.
“I just want him to enjoy this moment.”
He deserves it — Durant had one of his greatest games on the biggest stage. His stat line was unbelievable Wednesday.
Where to start? Would it be the game-high 34 points? Or the game-high 14 rebounds? Or the five assists? Or the two blocked shots?
What about the 48 minutes?
Yep, Durant played every minute Wednesday.
“After ... the first quarter, I went to the bench and told the coaches, ‘I can go all night, I can go 48,'” Durant said. “I didn't think they would let me do it, but they kept me in.”
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said: “I wasn't going to take him out. I was not going to take him out. I don't care how many times he looked at me fatigued.”
He shook his head.
“I mean, it's amazing,” Brooks said. “It's an amazing moment for him to play like this in this moment, in this setting.”
That his family could see it, enjoy it, revel in it meant the world. You could tell that in the smile that popped onto his face when he was asked after the game about that group hug.
“For them to be here at the biggest stage in basketball — the NBA — is just a blessing,” Durant said.
He nodded his head.
“I never want to take those moments for granted.”