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

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2013

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 9: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after making a shot against the Phoenix Suns during the game on January 9, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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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):

KG with a little turnaround fadeaway to join the 25,000-point club.

— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) February 8, 2013

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:

Steve Nash clapping for KG during the announcement of his 25,000th point.

— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) February 8, 2013

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:

Kevin Garnett joins Kobe Bryant and Moses Malone as the only players who did not go to college to score 25,000 points in the NBA

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 8, 2013

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

Kevin Garnet: 1st player in NBA history with 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 blocks and 1,500 steals

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 8, 2013

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.