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.
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
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.