Russell Westbrook smiled as he walked off the court in San Antonio, Texas, blowing a kiss to a spectator and waving at the few Oklahoma City Thunder fans in attendance.
The joyful tidings were a drastic change from the scowling, screaming, chest-thumping passion Westbrook showed after essentially walking into the Spurs' home on Christmas and kicking aside their presents.
Westbrook had 34 points and 11 assists, and ignited a decisive run in the fourth quarter to help Oklahoma City beat San Antonio, 114-106, on Thursday in a fiery rematch of last season's Western Conference Finals.
"Regardless of what's going on, like I said before and I'm going to keep saying it, my job is to attack," Westbrook said.
He led the Thunder to their sixth straight regular-season victory over the defending NBA champions in the first meeting between the teams since San Antonio topped Oklahoma City in six games on the way to a fifth title.
The Thunder were without reigning MVP Kevin Durant, and the Spurs were missing Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, but there was still plenty of firepower, thanks to Oklahoma City's emotional point guard.
Westbrook was 14 for 28 from the field and had five rebounds and five steals in a fevered performance over 35 minutes.
Wizards 102, Knicks 91 - John Wall had 24 points and 11 assists, eluding the Knicks all day until getting knocked to the floor by a flagrant foul that sparked an altercation, and Washington beat New York at Madison Square Garden.
Bulls 113, Lakers 93 - Pau Gasol had 23 points and 13 rebounds against his former team and host Chicago beat Los Angeles with Lakers star Kobe Bryant resting his sore body.
Jimmy Butler added 21 points, and Derrick Rose had 20 points and six assists to help the Bulls win their season-high fifth straight.