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Kevin Durant says it's 'special' to pass Carmelo Anthony in Team USA scoring

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It's hard to call anyone a better scorer than Kevin Durant. His game is effortless, without weakness, on the court.

What he’s done for over a decade on the NBA floor has been showcased in the last three Olympics. His consistency internationally has led him to surpass Carmelo Anthony as Team USA’s all-time leading scorer.

Durant’s milestone came in their win against the Czech Republic, as he entered the game only needing six points. He ended up finishing the game with 23 points.

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“Just thinking about all the players who played in this program, it’s pretty cool to be amongst names like that,” Durant said. “Carmelo is a guy I played on two Olympic teams with. I’ve seen his approach to these games and I tried to steal some of his techniques.

“I don’t know, man, it’s still pretty weird for me to do [expletive] like this. I play a team sport and I try my hardest to make it about the group. But it is pretty special to do something like that.”

 

When Durant and Anthony were Olympic teammates in 2012 and 2016, Anthony gained a reputation as “Olympic ‘Melo” because of his torrid play. Including a game in which he scored 37 points in 14 minutes against Nigeria in 2012 and hit 10 threes.

Scoring is just natural for both of the future Hall of Famers. 

In Olympic play, Durant has scored in double figures in all of his 19 games and led the team in scoring in 2012 and 2016.

"I've had a lot asked of me every team I've been on since I was 8 years old. It's no different here," Durant said. "But I feel I have to be available to do every single thing out on the court.... I've worked to be at that point, and it's fun."

Durant's unique frame coupled with his skillset is why he's been relied heavily upon throughout his life. He's just too good for a team with him not to go through.

As for his new record, Durant doesn't think he'll hold it for long.