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Kevin Durant on his trash-talk with Joel Embiid: "It's the name of the game, letting them know we are coming"

Kevin Durant & Joel Embiid

Kevin Durant shares what happened between him and Joel Embiid

The Philadelphia Sixers were able to win at the end tonight against the Brooklyn Nets behind a monster performance from Joel Embiid. After the game, Embiid had a heated exchange with Kevin Durant, and it looked pretty bad at first because they didn't even shake hands. Instead, Embiid was super hyped about getting the win and couldn't hide his satisfaction which didn't sit well with a few Nets players, but primarily KD.

In a press conference after the game, KD shared what was happening between the two and how it wasn't a big deal because they have had their rivalry ever since the last All-Star game.

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"If you've been watching Joel and I play against each other, it's been like that since the All-Star game. We just respect each other so much that natural competitive fire comes out. It's the name of the game, letting them know we are coming in with the same energy they played with tonight. You love competition, it's only going to make you better."

Even though it looked like Embiid was constantly jawing at the Nets, KD admitted he didn't actually say anything special and that it was all in the good spirit of the game. Respect is always there between the two, and everyone is aware of that.

"He didn't really say nothing. I was just turnt up no matter what. They have the game in control, but we are still letting them know we are still here. He didn't say nothing that crossed the line. We all respect each other out there. We respect this team; I respect all the players on this team and vice versa. It's how we play."

It's good to see players like that going against each other, showing the competitive spirit, which is an aspect many fans think is missing in today's NBA. KD and Embiid went at it each other today, but there is nothing but respect off the court. Today it was all about that good, hard-played basketball game between two great players.

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