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“My first NBA jersey was Vince Carter” — Kevin Durant addresses passing the retired legend in the all-time scoring list

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant continues to move up the NBA all-time scoring list, surpassing his idol Vince Carter on Sunday.
Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter and Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant

Vince Carter and Kevin Durant

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant moved up in the all-time scoring list on Sunday. With his 11th point of the evening, he surpassed Vince Carter's 25,728 points to climb to No. 19 on the list. After the game, Durant explained why it was a "full-circle moment" for him.

Carter's reaction

As for Carter, he had a message prepared for the former MVP, congratulating him for a "well-deserved" achievement.

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Carter expressed joy that Durant passed him while wearing a Nets uniform. Of course, Carter made a name for himself during his time with the Toronto Raptors. But he also had a five-year stint with the Nets, which were still based in New Jersey then.

What's next for Durant

The retired NBA icon also stated that he is looking forward to seeing Durant crack the top 10 of the list, which looks like it can also take place this season.

Durant's scoring record currently stands at 25,574. That is 1,655 points fewer than that Moses Malone, who is No. 10 on the list. If the four-time NBA scoring champion maintains his average of 32.0 points per contest this season, he can reach Malone in a little more than 50 games.

While that would certainly be a feat worth celebrating, Durant is presumably more focused on leading the Nets to playoff contention this season.

It hasn't been off to a good start. Brooklyn sits 12th in the Eastern Conference for now with a 2-5 record. There is still plenty of work to do for Durant and company.

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