Thursday, February 7, 2013
KG nets 25,000th career point
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- Celtics center Kevin Garnett became only the 16th player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points during Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Garnett entered the night six points shy of the milestone. He was detoured early on as two fouls in the first 2:08 sent him to the bench scoreless. Garnett hit a long jumper to start the second quarter, then registered a putback soon after. He reached 25,000 points with a turnaround fadeaway with 8:08 to play in the second quarter.
The Celtics acknowledged the milestone during the next stoppage in play and crowd gave Garnett a standing ovation, which Garnett acknowledged by waving to the fans.
Garnett joins an exclusive club that includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419), Kobe Bryant (30,834), Shaquille O'Neal (28,596), Moses Malone (27,409), Elvin Hayes (27,313), Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946), Oscar Robertson (26,710), Dominique Wilkins (26,668), John Havlicek (26,395), Alex English (25,613), Reggie Miller (25,279), Jerry West (25,192).
Last month, after passing Patrick Ewing for 16th place on the all-time scoring list, Garnett downplayed the accomplishment.
"I guess when you've been in the league as long as I've been in it you want to accomplish some things," said Garnett. "Nothing more, nothing special in it. I guess some day it'll mean something to me. But at this point, it's relative. I'm sorry to be kind of, you know ... I'm not into the individual stuff, but obviously I've accomplished some things in this league, so that's a good thing."
For a breakdown of the players who have assisted Garnett most in his career, as well as Garnett's preferred shot locations, hop HERE.