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    Kevin Durant: Iverson Was the Pantheon

    By Connor Lynch
    Kevin Durant

    Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant moved up to 25th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Wednesday night.

    Kevin Durant surpassed the legendary Allen Iverson with 21 points in a 123 – 104 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

    With the win, Brooklyn moved to the top of the Eastern Conference with a record of 14-5.

    Kevin Durant spoke postgame about how special it was to surpass a player he grew up idolizing in Washington D.C.

     

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    “It means the world. I dedicated my life to this game at an early age … so I watched all these guys that I’m like passing up,” Durant said.

    “I wanted to be like them, I wanted to be in the NBA like them, and make an impact in the league like them. So Iverson, he was the pantheon for me. One of those guys that I emulated every time I went outside and played with my friends. It’s all surreal. I’d imagined I would be in the league, and had an idea … but to do it is pretty special.

    “I really became a huge Iverson fan, obviously, just like everybody else his rookie year. But seeing him at Georgetown and playing for coach [John] Thompson and that whole culture that they built there, he was a huge part of that,” Durant said. “But once he came to the league, he had players … I was a center, power forward on my young team, and we all were long crossing and double crossing. He influenced a lot of people.”

     

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    “So to pass him on the list and to be up there with some of the greats on that list is incredible. I’ve just got to keep going.”