As the buzzer sounded on game seven of an incredible Western Conference Finals series, it was the Golden State Warriors who were the team celebrating on the Oracle Arena court as they completed a remarkable comeback from 3-1 down to advance to a second straight NBA finals.
In the midst of the celebrations and the confetti coming down on the court, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant - two of the best players and scorers in the game - shared a special embrace and took a moment to appreciate each other by exchanging words.
Despite the heartbreak of relinquishing a commanding lead with the Finals in sight, KD showed his class by staying on the court to congratulate every member of the Warriors team and coaching staff and Curry revealed to reporters exactly what he said to the Thunder superstar.
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"This is what it's all about," Curry said he told Durant, per the San Jose Mercury News. "This is what we play for. Those battles, those moments people will remember for a long time."
Durant will now head into the summer as a free agent and has a huge decision to make on his future as he will command interest from multiple teams across the league, including the defending champions.
For Steph, though, the journey to secure a second successive championship continues and he will have to overcome another superstar in the shape of four-time MVP LeBron James in order to do so.
In a rematch of the 2015 Finals, the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will lock horns again in the matchup that many wanted to see.
Before going up against King James once more for the Larry O'Brien trophy, Curry took a moment to appreciate the accomplishments of his opponent.
"He's been to the Finals six times [in a row]," the 28-year-old said. "That's crazy. You appreciate that greatness right there. I won't be thinking about that on the court, but afterwards, you can appreciate the star power he brings and the high level of basketball it is."
Until the point guard rose to superstardom, LeBron was the undisputed best player on the planet. Despite winning back-to-back MVP awards - becoming the first unanimous winner - leading the Warriors to the championship last year and a record 73 regular season wins this campaign, there are still some who refuse to accept that Curry has dethroned the King.
One reason for this is because James outplayed the three-point machine in the Finals last season and almost averaged a triple-double even with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love being out injured.
A win against a healthy Cavs team on this occasion should see the Dubs star finally be adorned as the best basketball player in the world. That title, however, is not something that interests Curry at all.
"I appreciate the platform I have and what I get to do every single day," Curry said. "I don't play to pass up somebody else's shine or star or take whatever from them. That's not what I care about."
The rematch contains numerous subplots that add to the anticipation and it all gets underway in Oakland on Thursday.