Most players would be put off by the sight of pop sensation Rihanna courtside during their biggest game of the season, but Kevin Durant is not most players.
Rihanna, Jack Nicholson and Oscar De La Hoya were among the celebrities in attendance at the Staples Centre last night to watch the L.A. Clippers bow out to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Playoffs.
Recently crowned NBA Most Valuable Player Durant led the Thunder to a 104–98 victory to wrap up the best-of-seven series 4-2. The Thunder will now go on to face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals starting on Monday.
During the game Durant and Rihanna were seen exchanging pleasantries on numerous occasions, and Durant coped magnificently with the distraction as he shot 39 points and made 16 rebounds.
The Thunder star has been accused of choking in big moments in the past, but on Thursday he took his chance to shine, and after the game Rihanna praised his efforts via Twitter.
"Congrats to my R.O.C. brother @KDTrey5 !!! Great game tonight OKC," she said on Twitter.
Teammate Russell Westbrook added: "We did a great job of sticking together. Kevin did a great job of setting his guys up, getting the ball in spots that were effective."
Other stars watching the game included Bubba Watson, Dana White, David Hasselhoff and Billy Crystal.
The NBA Playoffs began in mid-April and culminate with the NBA Finals scheduled to begin on June 5.
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