Garnett hits 25,000 career points

Published On February 8, 2013 | By Meghan Riggs

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett became the 16th player in NBA history to score 25,000 career points during Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Garnett entered Thursday’s game needing just six points for the scoring feat. But those who figured six points would be a sure thing for Garnett became a little uneasy when he picked up two personal fouls in the first two minutes of play and spent the remainder of the first quarter on the bench, scoreless.

He returned for the start of the second quarter and with just more than eight minutes remaining, he made history.  Teammate Leandro Barbosa fed Garnett the ball, and he responded with a quick fake-spin to his right before turning back left and getting a shot off. The ball sailed through the net and Garnett cemented his spot in the 25,000-point club.

During a timeout shortly after, the Celtics acknowledged the milestone as graphics were displayed on the TD Garden JumboTron. Fans gave Garnett a standing ovation for his accomplishment, which he acknowledged by waving to the fans.

Garnett finished with 15 points in the Celtics’ 116-95 win over the Lakers.

Garnett joins an exclusive club of players with at least 25,000 points that includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419), Kobe Bryant (30,834), and Shaquille O’Neal (28,596).

The Celtics will be back at it again on Sunday when the team hosts the Denver Nuggets at 6 p.m. and looks to expand their winning streak to 7 games.


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Meghan is a junior at Boston University majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in communications. She has been an athlete her whole life and is a member of the Women’s Ice Hockey team at BU. She is also a member of BUTV10’s sports talk show, Off Sides.