There will come a time when the game will eventually pass Kevin Garnett by. And with each milestone he passes, that time becomes closer. Thursday was yet another accomplishment for Garnett, who joined one of the more exclusive clubs in NBA history. At the 8:08 mark in the second quarter of Boston's 116-95 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Garnett scored his sixth point of the night, which punched his ticket into the 25,000 career point club. He finished with 15 points and now has 25,009. The 25K club is one of the more exclusive fraternities in the NBA, now 16 deep with Garnett. "I'm sure someday I'll fall back and rock in my rocking chair having a cigar, thinking about what I've done," Garnett said. "I'm sure it will make some sense to me." Garnett's ascension to being one of the NBA's all-time great scorers is an amazing feat for a player who has spent the bulk of his career taking great pride in being one of the league's elite defenders. But with most of his career spent in Minnesota, Garnett had little choice but to become a high-volume scorer ... and rebounder ... and assist man ... and just about every job imaginable for the Timberwolves except tossing t-shirts into the stands during time-outs. Since arriving in Boston prior to the 2007-2008 season, Garnett has been tasked with anchoring a Celtics defense that has been among the NBA's best annually. For the 36-year-old, that is as ideal a fit as he could have. But in achieving this latest milestone, it speaks volumes as to how talented Garnett is as an all-around player. Only 15 players to ever suit up in the NBA have scored more than Garnett, and yet the imprint he leaves on most games is at the defensive end of the floor.
Garnett reaches 25,000 points in Celtics' win over Lakers
NBC Sports Boston | Feb 8