As the final seconds ticked away, the jubilation kicked in and the confetti began to rain, LeBron James walked to the center of the scorer's table and wrapped his arms around Kevin Durant, who wore a white towel like a woman wears a scarf.
James pulled Durant, his friend and summer workout partner more than his rival, close and talked into his ear, telling Durant how proud he was of him.
It was a touching scene, and one that, in the aftermath of a Finals that was rife with compelling storylines and -- until the final game, riveting basketball -- should only whet the appetite of networks and fans.
"Hopefully, I don't have to continue to run into him because he's that great," James said of Durant, whom he will join in two weeks to prepare for the Olympics. "You know, this is not the last time we'll see Oklahoma City. This won't be the last time we see them in The Finals."
Driven by the NBA's two best players, these were the highest-rated Finals since 2004, the last gasp of the Kob...