Durant says Iverson “is pound for pound the best” | Best games between AI & KD
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Add Kevin Durant to the long list of current NBA stars who have publicly shared their love and respect for Allen Iverson. Via a post on Instagram, KD called AI “pound for pound the best.” There’s a few candidates in that argument of pound for pound the best player ever but there’s no argument on KD’s statements about Iverson’s impact on the game.
Although KD didn’t get to play against Iverson in his prime, he did get to be a part of some pretty classic games against “the best.”
2008: KD scores career high 37 against Melo (38pts) and Iverson (26pts) in double OT thriller
The last time the Nuggets and Sonics met, Denver blew out Seattle by 52 points in a 168-116 beat down and the night before this game, rookie Kevin Durant was coming off a 2-17 night against the Rockets.
As expected, Denver, behind 38 points from Carmelo Anthony put up a lot of points but KD gave us a glimpse of the offensive force that he would soon become by scoring a career high 37. His rookie teammate Jeff Green also dropped a career-high 35, including 14 in the 4th quarter of this double OT thriller.
Allen Iverson contributed 26 points in the loss and complimented the young Sonics after the game.
“Career nights from two people. You have two 30-point scorers and other guys doing what they did out there, what can you say? They were the better team tonight.”
2008: Iverson hits the game winner vs OKC
“The best feeling is when you are having a quiet game, and you aren’t doing much on the offensive end, and then your coach and teammates still trust you with that last shot. It’s easy when you’ve already scored 30 or 40 points.”
Quiet for Allen Iverson is 22 points which was still a team high for the Detroit Pistons who came away with a 2 point victory over OKC thanks to a game winner by AI.
“That was a great play by Allen,” Pistons coach Michael Curry said. “He hadn’t had much going for him in the first three quarters, but then he took over the game.”
KD led the Thunder with 26 points and 8 rebounds.