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Even if they are apart now and lead their very own teams, Kevin Durant still has all the love and appreciation towards his former teammate, Stephen Curry. 

After a marquee matchup on Tuesday night wherein the Golden State Warriors rolled past Brooklyn Nets, 117-99, Durant gave his warmest praise on Curry, who gave the Barclays Center crowd an astounding performance. 

“He’s a master at what he does. I’ve been saying that since we came into the league,” said Durant post-game.

“Just a crafty player that can do pretty much everything off the ball — that can cut through the rim, shoot floaters, shoot threes and then handle the basketball too and get down to his spots. I’ve been there, he putting a ton of work — he cares about the game, loves his teammates, plays with energy… That’s what you get, any night, every night — a player like that playing like an All-star, MVP, Hall of fame level. You got to respect that.”

Curry blazed off for 37 points (12-of-19 shooting), 7 rebounds and 5 assists — leading the Warriors to their 12th win of the season, good for the best record in the NBA with only two losses. The two-time MVP even received a warm reception from the Nets arena — receiving a loud MVP chants. 

Durant and Curry were the faces of the Warriors dynasty in the last decade, reaching the NBA Finals in three years and capping off the two of them with Larry O’Brien trophies by outlasting the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in back-to-back seasons of 2017 and 2018.

The Nets and Warriors will have a regular season rematch on January 29 in San Francisco.