Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant passed Hall of Fame goalie Allen Iverson on Wednesday night to become the NBA’s 25th all-time top scorer.
“I mean, it means the world,” Durant said after the Nets’ 123-104 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, according to ESPN.
“I dedicated my life to this game from a young age… so I watched all these guys that I’m like to pass up on. 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 was the pantheon for me. One of those guys that I emulated every time I went out and played with my friends. Everything is surreal. I figured I would be in the league and I got an idea… but doing it is pretty special.
Durant, 33, is lucky enough to join the pantheon of the “very few”, including all-time top scorers Karl Malone, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
Durant will likely never eclipse Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record 38,387 points – but his name will always be mentioned among the greatest of all time.
Durant’s next player is Ray Allen, who is around 120 points higher at 24,505.