All-Star game starters Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant exchange high praise

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were voted by the fans as Western Conference All-Star team starters on Thursday, and earlier in the day, two of the top scorers in the NBA exchanged compliments.

When Durant was asked on Twitter who would win in a 3-point shooting contest between he and Curry, the Oklahoma City star who has shot from beyond the arc this season at a higher percentage tweeted, “Steph any day, best shooter to ever play.”

Durant has gone on a tear of late, scoring at least 30 points in the Thunder’s last nine games including a season-high 54 points against the Warriors in Oklahoma City last week.

“It’s amazing to see,” Curry said of Durant’s recent stretch. “You know what he’s capable of, but to sustain that level of performance for nine straight games…it’s remarkable. Some of the shots he’s hitting, the confidence he’s playing with, you can tell he’s on a mission. He’s a competitive guy. He’s on fire.

“For a guy like that that could get his shot off any time he wants to, it’s kind of scary to think about when you’re matched up against him because I can get hot, but say you put a 6-11 guy on me, I’ve got to find a different way to get to the basket or do something. But not many guys are going to block his shot. It’s fun to watch, except obviously when we went there.”

Curry received more than one million votes in the All-Star balloting, with only Durant in the Western Conference getting more.

Diamond Leung