Rihanna vs. Kevin Durant is the most important rivalry of the 2017 NBA Finals


If the sports historians are to be believed, Steph Curry and LeBron James' showdown in the 2017 NBA Finals is one for the ages, a NBA rivalry on par with Celtics/Lakers, Pacers/Knicks, and Bulls/Pistons faceoffs of years past.

But anyone who watched Curry's Warriors' dominant 113-91 win over LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday knows there's an even more interesting rivalry brewing: Rihanna vs. Kevin Durant.

Bad Girl RiRi was courtside for Game 1 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, and made her presence known, staying for the entirety of the game (something of a rarity for celeb fans, who tend to skirt out after a few photo ops) and making her loyalty to the Cavs clear to surrounding Warriors fans, the Twitter-verse, and Durant in particular.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 08: Mirza Teletovic #35 (R) of the Milwaukee Bucks pushes on Tiago Splitter #47 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on April 8, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Bucks won 90-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 23: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics is called for a charge against Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls as he tries to move between Butler and Isaiah Canaan #0 (L) during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 23: Raymond Felton #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz go for the loose ball in the second half of the 105-98 win by the Jazz in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 23, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 18: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks the ball as Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Toronto Raptors looks on in the first half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on April 18, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards and Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Atlanta Hawks go after a loose ball in the first half of Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: George Hill #3 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket as he is guarded by Luc Mbah a Moute #12 of the LA Clippers during a 99-91 Clippers win in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Marreese Speights #5 of the LA Clippers is fouled by Joe Johnson #6 of the Utah Jazz during a 99-91 Clippers win in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Luc Mbah a Moute #12 of the LA Clippers scores on a layup past Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the LA Clippers dunks the ball against the Utah Jazz during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 18: Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas has his shot blocked by Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler during the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Chicago Bulls in game 2 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston on Apr. 18, 2017. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 18: Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas wears shoes honoring his sister Chyna, who recently died in an auto accident. The Boston Celtics host the Chicago Bulls in game 2 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston on Apr. 18, 2017. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 18: PJ Tucker #2 and Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors embrace before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2017 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL, 18 In first half action, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drops in a jam. The Toronto Raptors took on the Milwaukee Bucks in NBA basketball action at the Air Canada Centre in game 2 of the first round of playoffs. April 18, 2017 Richard Lautens/Toronto Star (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 18: The Toronto Raptors huddle up before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2017 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - APRIL 17 : Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies drives against Dewayne Dedmon #3 of the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 17, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 17: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to control the ball in front of Thaddeus Young #21 of the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 16: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets and Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at tipoff during Game One of the first round of the Western Conference 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 16, 2017 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 16: Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas picks up an offensive foul called on Chicago Bulls Dwayne Wade during fourth quarter action of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston on April 16, 2017. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 16: Boston Celtics Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley checks on teammate Isaiah Thomas after a hard foul against the Chicago Bulls during fourth quarter action of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston on April 16, 2017. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 16: Stephen Curry #30 and Ian Clark #21 of the Golden State Warriors react during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers during the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 30: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the second quarter of Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on April 30, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Thomas lost his front tooth after colliding with Otto Porter Jr. #22. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 24: (Editor's Note: this image was converted to black and white.) Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors warms up prior to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center on April 24, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 27: Vince Carter #15 of the Memphis Grizzlies collides with Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 27, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 04: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors attempts a steal against Derrick Favors #15 of the Utah Jazz during Game Two of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
May 5, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) tries to make a basket in game three of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 11: Danny Green #14 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots a lay up during the game against the Houston Rockets during Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards reacts after hitting the game-winning three-point basket in their 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals at Verizon Center on May 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: Kelly Olynyk #41 of the Boston Celtics reacts against the Washington Wizards during Game Seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 17: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half during Game One of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 17, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 20: JaVale McGee #1 of the Golden State Warriors exchanges words with Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs in the first half during Game Three of the 2017 NBA Western Conference Finals at AT&T Center on May 20, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 21: Al Horford #42 celebrates with Jonas Jerebko #8 of the Boston Celtics late in their 111 to 108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Three of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 25: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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After bowing to James as he came down the court on defense, Rihanna shushed Golden State fans who didn't like her enthusiastic presence, giving them a fluttering, dismissive wave, and a dab for good measure.

But the showdown between RiRi and KD really kicked off when the songstress seemingly yelled "Brick" during some of Durant's free throws, prompting a series of staredowns between the two that sent social media into a frenzy.

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After the Warriors' win, Durant skipped the opportunity to "Take a Bow" with reporters, instead playing coy and pretending not to remember when asked about the interaction.

"Don't get in that trap," Curry warned teasingly.

"I'm cool," Durant added. "Have fun with that."

Here's hoping for more interactions between the Bad Girl and "Rude Boy" as the finals continue!

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Singer Rihanna attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Rihanna (jewelry detail) attends the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Rihanna attends the Spike TV's 'Guys Choice' Awards held at the Sony Studios on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Cliff Dixon, Kevin Durant, Fabolous and Ne-Yo attend Kevin Durant's 25th Birthday Party at Avenue on September 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Wale, Kevin Durant and Cliff Dixon attend Kevin Durant's 25th Birthday Party Avenue Club on September 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
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