Tim Duncan Passes 25,000-Career-Point Mark Against LA Lakers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2014

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during a game against the Golden State Warriors on November 11, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. 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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Tim Duncan has already had a legendary NBA career, but on Friday night, he managed to ascend into even more rarefied air.

The San Antonio Spurs star notched his 25,000th career point, becoming the 19th player to do so, per the team's Twitter account:

San Antonio Spurs @spurs

There it is! Tim Duncan just reached 25,000 career points! Congrats Timmy! #SAvsLA http://t.co/O2yRljwyJy

Only Karl Malone scored more points with one head coach, per ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Tim Duncan needs 8 pts for 25K career under Gregg Popovich. Only Karl Malone (30,636 for Jerry Sloan) has more for 1 coach @EliasSports

Duncan's also the second player ever to reach 25,000 points, 14,000 rebounds and 2,500 blocks. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the other, per the Spurs:

San Antonio Spurs @spurs

Tonight, Duncan joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in NBA history, as the 2nd player to reach 25k pts, 14k reb & 2,500 blks. http://t.co/A8x5wH6yhG

Duncan will be remembered as one of the greatest players in NBA history. Hitting the 25,000-point plateau is merely another honor to add to an incredible legacy. The achievement will also serve to further bolster his incredible longevity.

For arguably the last five or so years, critics have written off Duncan and the Spurs for being too old. Instead, San Antonio is the reigning NBA champion, with Duncan continuing to play at a high level.

With his career winding down, fans should treasure every minute he spends on the court.

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