It's no secret what a close-knit group the Oklahoma City Thunder were the past few seasons, with stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden appearing to be as good of friends off the court as they were great talents on the court.
That's part of what made the team's trade of Harden to the Houston Rockets last month so shocking. Wednesday night, Harden and the Thunder were reunited briefly when the Rockets fell 120-98 in OKC. Harden struggled, scoring only 17 points while missing his first nine shots. Durant, who scored 37 in the win, had nothing but love for Harden after the game:
"It was crazy seeing him before the game and seeing him in a different uniform was a little different. We moved past it though. We were happy to see him and we're glad he is doing well out there in Houston. It was a good win, and it was good to see him. Good luck to him the rest of the way."
Harden was traded to Houston as part of a package that netted OKC Kevin Martin, who has assumed the role Harden played as a scoring threat coming off the bench. Harden won Sixth Man of the Year honors last year while helping OKC reach the NBA Finals. He's averaging 24.5 points per game as a starter for the Rockets.