Kevin Garnett Hits 25,000 Points, Nears Lakers Great Jerry West on All-Time List

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Kevin Garnett Hits 25,000 Points, Nears Lakers Great Jerry West on All-Time List
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The super exclusive 25,000-point club gained a new member in Boston Celtics big man Kevin Garnett during the team's matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

With just over minutes remaining in the second quarter, Garnett received a pass from Leandro Barbosa near the right block. A hard dribble and a slight fake to his right gave him just enough room to float a turnaround jumper over the outstretched arm of Earl Clark.

The shot netted his Celtics an early 10-point cushion, but more importantly pushed Garnett one step closer to the NBA's greatest scorers of all-time (via's Chris Forsberg):

Garnett contemplated retirement over the summer of 2012 before returning to Boston on a three-year, $36 million contract. While he undoubtedly gave it another go for the chance to add a second NBA championship to his resume, he won't mind seeing his already impressive career numbers forcing themselves into legendary territory.

The significance of the accomplishment was not lost on the TD Bank Garden, but even his opponents recognized the achievement:

And Nash wasn't the only one showing his appreciation. A studious Kobe Bryant offered his own support as the two awaited a free throw later on in the game.

Garnett became just the 16th player in NBA history to reach that mark, and he moved well within striking distance of Lakers legend Jerry West (25,192 points), who holds the 15th spot on the league's all-time scoring list.

Exclusivity seemed to be the theme of his monumental bucket, as he became just one of three preps-to-pros stars to complete the feat:

But even that fails to capture just how truly unique Garnett's 17-plus-year career has been:

The Celtics (26-23) won their sixth consecutive game, this a 116-95 rout of the Lakers (23-27).

In typical "Big Ticket" fashion, Garnett stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

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