UCLA forward David Wear laughed when asked, "Was that an identical twin moment?"
Travis Wear had spotted his brother running alone up court and fired a long pass Thursday. David sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime against Oregon.
"No," David said with a chuckle. "I just ran down court and we made eye contact."
The Wears are seen as a novelty at times. A pair of 6-foot-10 basketball players who all but require DNA testing to tell them apart. It has been a subject for inquisitive minds.
"Yeah, we get the same questions, people want to take pictures of us together," David said. "We're used to it by now. We accept we're twins. We enjoy it."
Well, enjoy it while it lasts.
The Wears play their last home game Sunday, when the Bruins face Oregon State. It has been a long and winding road since leaving Santa Ana Mater Dei High. They have played at two colleges — North Carolina and UCLA — and for three coaches: Roy Williams, Ben Howland and Steve Alford.
But the biggest adjustment may be to come. When the season is over, they will be separated 23 years after birth.
"We have maybe been apart a week here, a week there," Travis said. "You hear stories about twins sticking together and living together. Wherever basketball takes us, it's not going to be on the same path."
There is only one question left to answer: Who is the evil twin?
David Wear rolled his eyes, laughed and said, "I don't think either of us. We're both pretty good guys."
The Wears stopped playing one-on-one long ago.
"We started getting in a fight every time," Travis said.
So a last game means there was a last winner.
"I'd say it was me," Travis said.
"In his mind," he said. "It ended with me chasing him down the street because of a hard foul."
This is how it is, and always has been.
The Wears are more than brothers. They are identical brothers. That can play out comically at times. Practices are occasionally paused.