Steve Nash hugging Kevin Durant becomes latest, greatest NBA meme sensation

Steve Nash didn’t choose the hug life. The hug life chose him.

Just after the closing buzzer of the Nets’ 114-108 Game 5 win over the Bucks, Nash found Kevin Durant, who exploded for an all-time playoff performance: KD played all 48 minutes in Brooklyn’s win, going off for 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.

Brooklyn scrapped and clawed back from a 17-point deficit, playing essentially four-man basketball with James Harden still ailing with a hamstring injury. The series now hangs in Brooklyn’s favor, 3-2.

Durant put up a historic night in NBA playoff history: With a triple-double of at least 45-15-10, he joins Oscar Robinson, Charles Barkley and Luka Doncic as the only players in Association record books with a triple-double of that magnitude.

This, of course, is a performance worthy of an embrace, which the Nets head coach gladly delivered after the game. Not only did Nash deliver a good ol’ hug to his superstar player, but Twitter delivered a new meme, too.

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