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Nets star Kevin Durant reacts to passing Allen Iverson on all-time scoring list

Nets, Kevin Durant, Allen Iverson

Kevin Durant continues climbing the ladder on the all-time great’s list. Recently, he was honored as one of the top 75 players of all time. On Wednesday night in the Brooklyn Nets’ 123-104 road basting of the Boston Celtics, he passed another legend on the scorer’s list. Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson stands with 24,368 career points. “The Answer” was absolutely lethal and also one of the most entertaining players ever to watch.

KD finished the game with 21 points, passing AI’s grand total early on.

He has 24,388 in total, 20 more than Iverson and now has Ray Allen (24th all time with 24,505 total points) in his sights.

After the game, the Nets forward talked about what it meant to him to pass another legend.

“It means the world,” said a humbled Durant. “I dedicated my life to this game at an early age. I watched all of these guys that Iā€™m like passing up, you know what I’m saying? I wanted to be like them I wanted to be in the NBA like them, make an impact in the league like them, so Iverson, he was a pantheon for me, you know? One of those guys that I emulated every time I went outside to play with my friends. It’s all so real, I pictured I would be in the league and I had an idea, but to do it is pretty special.”

Ray Allen’s record might fall within the next four to six games considering Durant’s current pace with the Nets. The 33-year-old still leads the league in scoring with 28.5 points per game, although his former teammate Stephen Curry is scoring 28.4 per outing. The duo that won two championships with the Golden State Warriors are in a duel for the ages through the season’s first 19 games.

Durant is so good that he’s not only competing with legends of today like Curry, however. And he took an extra moment to remember just what Allen Iverson meant to him and his friends growing up.

“I really became a huge Iverson fan obviously just like everybody else his rookie year. But once he came to the league he had players from- I was a center, power forward on my young team we all was long crossing, double-crossing,” KD said, referencing AI’s patented cross overs. “He influenced a lot of people. And so to pass him on the list, to be up there with some of the greats on that list is incredible. I just gotta keep going.”

That last line was powerful. “I just gotta keep going.” If you’ve watched Kevin Durant long enough, you know he’s not easily satisfied. And that’s putting it mildly. No doubt Slim Reaper has his sights set on another championship this season. But if he takes down another few names on this list in the process, it won’t be a surprise.