When the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder collided on Thursday night, it was much more than a battle between two sides who went to seven games last season in the Western Conference Finals.
This game was about Kevin Durant proving a point and justifying his move to the Warriors from the Thunder. But also, it was his first meeting with former running buddy Russell Westbrook after his acrimonious departure.
KD would drop 39 points on his old team to lead the Dubs to a 122-96 victory over OKC, but Westbrook still registered a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists.
However, the pair did not address each other before the game, nor did any Thunder player embrace or even acknowledge Durant.
Instead, during the game, Westbrook scored a nasty block on Durant as the forward looked to have gotten inside.
Unfortunately, that was the closest the pair came all night and apart from Durant's text message departure, the public have learned nothing more about their diminished relationship.
Durant put on a clinic, though, to show his championship credentials. He left OKC because he was desperate to win a title, and his early performances have made it clear that he will be more than a cog for the Warriors; KD can lead them.