Kevin Durant says it's 'pretty cool' to see LeBron James on cusp of breaking scoring record

Kevin Durant says it's 'pretty cool' to see LeBron James on cusp of breaking scoring record

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Kevin Durant says it's 'pretty cool' to see LeBron James on cusp of breaking scoring record

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As Kevin Durant continues working his way up the all-time scoring list, he does so with a greater appreciation for what LeBron James is accomplishing as he approaches the NBA’s scoring record. “To be the No. 1 in anything, there’s 8 billion people in the world, we just figured that out last week, so to be the No. 1 of all time at scoring the basketball, I’m sure it’s going to be a range of emotions for him,” Durant said at Friday’s shootaround, in advance of a game against the Indiana Pacers. “But to be in an era where we see this live is pretty cool as well. You probably can’t even describe the emotions and feelings him and his family and his friends are going to go through, but it’s cool to see it up close.”
Source: Nick Friedell @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Back-to-back 3-pointers from St. Mary’s/St. Vincent alumni.
LeBron sinks one for the Lakers. Malaki Branham follows for Spurs. – 8:40 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nets rolling early in Indy. KD, Kyrie and Simmons have 22 of Brooklyn’s 35 points in the 1st quarter. Nets shooting 62.5% from the field. The offense is in a good rhythm and the they’ve already racked up 10 assists. – 8:39 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Four bench guys in already for the Pacers. Will be tough for this bench group to handle Nets with all of KD/Kyrie/Simmons in, though the pendulum could swing back in Pacers starters go against Nets bench later. – 8:25 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
LeBron is clearly out of sync after five games off, but it might not matter if the Spurs can’t figure some things out on offense.
Everything is a struggle for them, again. – 8:20 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
That LeBron handoff with a screen to Dennis coming around the corner along the baseline … well, it’s familiar, lol. – 8:19 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Strong start to the game in San Antonio for the Lakers, who take a 9-2 lead, with a pair of fast break finishes plus a LeBron J and Brown Jr. 3.
Spurs start 1 for 4 with 2 TO’s. – 8:17 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I disagree with the decision to start Dennis Schroder over Austin Reaves. I get the thought behind it, but I think you want to maximize the minutes LeBron and Reaves spend together if you’re not gonna empower Reaves as a ball-handler (which you can’t off the bench with Russ here) – 8:12 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
LeBron James makes the first shot of the game. – 8:12 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Lakers’ starters vs. the Spurs:
Dennis Schroder
Lonnie Walker IV
Troy Brown Jr.
LeBron James
Anthony Davis – 7:37 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers start Dennis Schröder in place of Patrick Beverley. Austin Reaves out of the starting lineup as LeBron returns. PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets starters vs Pacers: Simmons, Irving, Durant, O’Neale and Claxton – 7:34 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Lakers starters:
Dennis Schroder
Lonnie Walker IV
Troy Brown Jr.
LeBron James
Anthony Davis – 7:30 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers say that Anthony Davis (low back tightness) and LeBron James (left adductor strain) have been upgraded to AVAILABLE for tonight’s game at San Antonio. – 7:02 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both playing tonight in San Antonio, per the Lakers. – 6:56 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
After missing five games with a left adductor strain, LeBron James is available to play tonight. – 6:55 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers say LeBron James (left adductor strain) is AVAILABLE tonight in San Antonio, making his return after five games out.
Anthony Davis is also available. – 6:55 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Durant and Simmons getting loose. Tough one for the Pacers tonight in their final home game for a couple weeks: PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron James remains questionable about 90 minutes to tip-off here in San Antonio, according to Lakers coach Darvin Ham. – 6:34 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Kevin Durant says ‘it’s cool to see’ LeBron break all-time scoring record…6:06 PM
FIFA World Cup 2022: Lakers star LeBron James jokes about lookalike on Cameroon’s national team…2:21 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Lakers are favored by 3 tonight in San Antonio.
Earlier Spurs announced McDermott and Richardson are out (injuries).
Collins, Branham, and Hall are all available.
Davis listed as probable and LeBron questionable for LAL – 1:15 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
As KD continues working his way up the all-time scoring list, he does so with an appreciation for what LeBron has done to be on the cusp of breaking Kareem’s record. KD passed KG for 18th on the list during Wednesday’s win over the Raptors.…12:15 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Friday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! Patrick Beverley suspended for three games! Fair? Plus, LeBron, off to a very inefficient start, is questionable to return vs. SAS. Will his return hinder Anthony Davis’ recent dominance? @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods…10:42 AM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Made a compilation of all possessions on which PJ Tucker guarded Kevin Durant’s shots the other night. Durant had moments when he made Tucker look silly, but thought this game was a good example of Tucker’s value even at his age. AM

LeBron James @KingJames
John Madden we’re ALL thankful for you!!! 🐐 – 9:53 PM
Geoff Calkins @geoff_calkins
Memphis should be happy to lead 31-30 at the half, given Deandre’s foul trouble. KD spearheading things again. Timely 3s from Keonte and both Lawsons. – 8:29 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant on pace to crack NBA’s Top 10 scorers list this season — but likely won’t catch Carmelo Anthony for No. 9 until next year #NBA #NetsWorld #Nets…6:03 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron James remains QUESTIONABLE tomorrow in San Antonio. Juan Toscano-Anderson has been upgraded to PROBABLE. PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Lakers’ LeBron James remains officially questionable for Friday at San Antonio but @Chris Haynes reported earlier this week that James is expected to make his return from a left adductor strain after missing five games in a row.
More NBA from me: PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers list LeBron James as questionable for tomorrow’s game in San Antonio. Anthony Davis and Juan Toscano-Anderson are probable. – 5:28 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Warriors Wire lists the team’s top salary for each season since 1990-91, including Chris Mullin, Baron Davis, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.…4:00 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
i remember watching Kevin Knox at Summer League and thinking he moved like KD. do not drink and Summer League. – 11:06 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Raptors with Kevin Durant on the bench tonight: +16 in 15 minutes.
Raptors with KD on the floor: -30 in 33 minutes.
Playing in Toronto for the first time in nearly 4 years, Kyrie Irving went off for 29 points on 16 shots. Nets beat the undermanned Raps, 112-98. – 9:48 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD/Kyrie/Simmons done for the night. Kyrie finishes with 29 points in 28 minutes. Simmons had 14 points (7-for-9 from field) and six assists in 33 minutes. Nic Claxton had another nice night with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Nets get a much needed win against an undermanned team. – 9:41 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Nets by 15 on Raptors going into the fourth; not sure they’ve got another run in them but it’ll have to start when Durant gets some rest – 9:19 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Raps trail 91-76 after 3. Unless they have another run with Durant on the bench like they had in the first, this will be curtains. – 9:17 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Wouldn’t have traded Zion for Kevin Durant in the offseason and wouldn’t trade him after he puts up 17 and 7 at the half – 9:08 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Kevin Durant has now passed Kevin Garnett for 18th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. KD now has now scored 26,074 career points and counting. – 8:57 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Nick Nurse was pretty blunt in his assesment of Gary Trent Jr.’s play the other day. The Raptors guard stepped up with 14 points in the first half as Toronto leads Nets 51-50 at half. Anunoby with 12. Durant with nine for the Nets. – 8:36 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Raptors are missing 3 starters and 6 rotation players. They’re shooting 35% (18% from 3) and allowing Brooklyn to shoot 54% (41% from 3)… So, naturally, they lead KD/Kyrie/Simmons and the Nets 51-50 at halftime. – 8:35 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
KD got a fetish for getting dunked on by a Raptor – 8:33 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Kevin Durant has tied Kevin Garnett as the NBA’s all-time leader in scoring among Kevins. The top five:
1. Durant (26,071)
1. Garnett (26,071)
3. McHale (17,335)
4. Willis (17,253)
5. Love (14,474) – 8:27 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
My analysis of this quarter, in which the Raptors scored the first 13 points, is that Kevin Durant is one of the best 15 players of all time. (He’s been sitting.) – 8:15 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Raptors go on a quick 9-0 run to start the 2nd quarter — without KD on the floor. This is what Vaughn was frustrated about postgame last night — the defensive effort continues to go through too many high and lows. – 8:13 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Nets up 38-26 after a quarter. Brooklyn shooting 71.4%. Rotations off of KD doubles have been pretty abysmal. Many things have. O.G. has 11. – 8:05 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD was just barking at Harris after that last defensive possession. He said something to him again after Harris hit that three. Can’t remember seeing KD this outwardly frustrated about the defense like he has been the last couple nights. – 8:03 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Not sure what KD is looking at with these passes.
Last two turnovers were really bad. – 8:02 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
KD barking at Joe Harris? – 8:02 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
KD and Ben Simmons have developed some incredible chemistry on these backdoor cuts. – 7:57 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Zoning up with a smallish backcourt against a team with Kevin Durant might not be the ticket. – 7:49 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Kevin Durant and Nick Nurse seem to be chatting with one another – 7:42 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
To the extent anything about this game has a chance to be interesting from a bigger picture, I am curious how steadfastly Raptors will look to keep O.G. on Durant. – 7:38 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets starters for tonight’s game at Toronto:
Simmons, Irving, Durant, O’Neale and Claxton – 7:05 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Mark Daigneault on Kevin Durant’s positive comments about the Thunder: PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Mark Daigneault talks about KD praising the Thunder young core: PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
The shorthanded Raptors were surprisingly -2.5 point favorites against Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons earlier today but the Fred VanVleet news has Toronto +2.0 underdogs now on @BodogCA. Still crazy to me that it’s so close. The Nets are just bad, eh – 6:02 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat’s Kyle Lowry the last man standing after his conditioning had been questioned.… The only Heat player to appear in every game this season? Kyle Lowry. Second in NBA in minutes played? Kyle Lowry (only Kevin Durant, by four minutes, has played more.) – 12:54 PM
Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
10/27: Durant dunks to tie the game, leaving Luka and the Mavericks 8 seconds to win it. Was it a tactical error not to hold for the last shot? @David Thorpe and I bickered, then called in @SethPartnow to referee, which @jshector made a podcast out of. AM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
Nov. 23 RPR MVP standings:
1. Luka Doncic: 16.9
2. Jayson Tatum: 16.0
3. Kevin Durant: 15.8
4. Stephen Curry: 15.6
5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 15.4
6. Joel Embiid: 14.5
7. Donovan Mitchell: 14.4
8. Devin Booker: 13.7
9. Anthony Davis: 12.8
10. Lauri Markkanen: 12.5 AM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant on 76ers 3-point shooting:
“A lot of those are crossover, stepback threes that are backbreakers. So I wouldn’t necessarily say we had a horrible defensive night.”
PHI made some tough shots, but the film tells a different story of Brooklyn’s lackadaisical defense. PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant asked about him, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons all being disliked, he calls it “misplaced love.” – 10:41 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Durant got half his demand when Nash was fired. How much longer must he/we wait b4 Marks is erased? – 10:01 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Bogdanovic, doing his best Sheed impression, just picked up his 5th tech of the season.
He’s tied for third in the league this season with Luka Doncic. Kevin Durant has 7 and Draymond Green has 6. – 9:58 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Nets WITH KD, Kyrie and Ben Simmons lose to the Sixers WITHOUT Harden, Embiid and Maxey. Brooklyn is now 8-10, currently 10th in the East. #Rockets have the right to swap picks with the Nets this year. – 9:50 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
KD only has 14 shots tonight? – 9:45 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Sixers up 14 with 3 minutes to play. Kevin Durant looks absolutely disgusted. Doc Rivers fist-pumping with every shot his team makes. – 9:41 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Royce O’Neale drops a corner 3 to make it a 10-point game with 4:32 left. Doc Rivers calls timeout. Something to watch: Kevin Durant’s 25+ points streak is in jeopardy. He gets going quick, but currently has 20 points. – 9:38 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant has 20 points, but he has not played a good game today. Some bad turnovers and the engagement has not been there on defense or the glass.
Nets have been getting out-hustled all game. – 9:29 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Jacque Vaughn just put KD back in to go for it and the Sixers extend their lead to nine with 8:10 left. – 9:28 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Vaughn going for it right now. Puts KD back in the game with 8:41 left in regulation. Nets have let a seriously undermanned Sixers group hang around all night. Philly is playing harder, tougher and now the crowd is roaring again. – 9:28 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Swear on everything PJ Tucker makes his money every season guarding KD and Giannis – 9:05 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Vaughn goes with Ben, KD, Joe, Royce and Seth out of the timeout. Shooters galore again. – 9:04 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Brooklyn: Tobias Harris is winning his individual matchup against Royce O’Neale and has scored on him on back-to-back possession. KD popped on O’Neale after the first possession led to Harris’ driving dunk. Harris is up to 10 pts in 17 minutes. – 9:03 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD showing some frustration after that last defensive breakdown under the basket. He yelled something at Royce O’Neale as the Nets brought the ball back in. He’s headed back to the bench during this time out in disbelief that the defense is playing like this at the moment. – 9:03 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Tobias Harris’ ankle is just fine. Just put the Sixers up six with 5:35 left in the third quarter. Kevin Durant frustrated with Royce O’Neale after a recent basket. Timeout Jacque Vaughn. – 9:03 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
TNT thought they were getting Embiid v Simmons and ended up with KD vs. The Minivan PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Georges Niang just took Durant to the basket and flipped one over his shoulder for another layup. What a world. – 8:54 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant is having a pretty rough defensive game. – 8:54 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Harris was down on the floor in quite a bit of pain, Sixers trainers and Doc Rivers all came over. Walked very slowly under his own power, both KD and Simmons wished him well on the way back to the locker room – 8:48 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Tobias Harris is injured. Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons went to check on him. – 8:47 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Great defensive hustle by Ben Simmons to close the half, knocking the ball away to KD for a dunk. He has 9 points, 5 assists, 3 boards & two steals in his return to Philly. But the #Nets have been outrebounded 26-14, allowed 10-of-19 from 3 & trail the #76ers by six at the break. – 8:35 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers lead 63-57 at the half. De’Anthony Melton leads the Sixers with 14 points. Durant has 14 to pace the Nets. Simmons has 9 points and five assists. – 8:31 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Wow, what a defensive effort from Ben Simmons at the end of the half.
Knocked the ball away then sprinted and dove to tip the loose ball up the floor for a KD dunk. Very impressive first-half performance. – 8:31 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant’s defense has not been good so far (neither has anyone else’s)
He’s cooking on the other end though. – 8:24 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets down 48-40 with 5:20 left in the first half. KD leads all scorers with 10. Nets shooting just 2-for-9 from 3. Rebounding difference got out of hand during Claxton’s long stint on the bench. – 8:18 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant and Royce O’Neale played the whole first quarter. – 8:04 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
The crowd chanted “F@$% Ben Simmons!” towards the end of the first quarter. Sixers lead 33-26 after one. Shake Milton leads the Sixers with seven points on 3-5 shooting. Kevin Durant and Nic Claxton have eight each for the Nets. Simmons with four and four assists. – 7:59 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant jawing back and forth with Georges Niang – 7:55 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Seth Curry and Joe Harris check in. It’s them, KD, Royce and Ben. Hella shooting. – 7:49 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Another new KD 15 colorway tonight 👀
“I’m switching the flavors up a little bit more than I used to in the past.”
@Kevin Durant PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters in Philly: Simmons, Irving, Durant, O’Neale and Claxton – 7:02 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Royce O’Neale remains in the starting lineup. Joe Harris will come off the bench. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons and Nic Claxton round out your #Nets starting 5 against the Sixers. – 7:01 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Ben Simmons and Nic Claxton officially join Kyrie, KD and Royce O’Neale in the starting lineup, per Nets. Simmons and Claxton’s ability to co-exist in a lineup a big key for Brooklyn moving forward. – 7:01 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets starters for tonight’s game at Philadelphia:
Simmons, Irving, Durant, O’Neale and Claxton – 7:01 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
KD discusses his new Off-White Presto-inspired 15 PEs…which @Bansky is absolutely not getting from him 😭😭
Full ETCs Ep on @Boardroom: PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Ben Simmons and Kevin Durant getting shots up pregame. PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Nic Claxton will start, along with Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant. – 6:03 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant clarified his quote that went viral about Nets starting five.
“I definitely could’ve worded it better. I won’t put that on anyone but myself.”
Said he was referring to his teammates having to play outside their normal roles due to circumstances.
Via Etc podcast. – 5:21 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
On/off net rating differential by top 10-ish players
Curry: +29.5
Jokic: +26.1
Morant: +15.3
Embiid: +11.4
Butler: +9.0
SGA: +8.6
Giannis: +7.9
Tatum: +7.4
AD: +7.1
Luka: +5.6
Booker: +5.3
Dame: +1.4
Durant: +1.1
LeBron: -9.6
What stands out? – 4:45 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
My favorite exchange in the Kevin Durant praising OKC rebuild clip..
After the interviewer says “And they got Chet over there”, KD goes full Thunder fan:
“Damn. I mean, shit. Damn. Once he come back, it’s gonna be ridiculous out there.” – 3:55 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
*puts on tinfoil hat*
KD didn’t mention Dieng when he was praising the OKC young core like LeBron didn’t mention Wiggins when he returned to Cleveland 👀 – 3:34 PM

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Erik Slater: This clip of KD talking about Ben Simmons yelling at him after he passed up a backdoor dunk in Portland is hilarious: “Joe missed the shot and I look up and Ben was like ‘Dunk the f***ing ball!’” Simmons’ mindset has done a complete 180. -via Twitter @erikslater_ / November 24, 2022

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