Garnett reaches 25,000 points in Celtics' win over Lakers

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Garnett reaches 25,000 points in Celtics' win over Lakers

BOSTON 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.
"You know what's funny is he's a great offensive player," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "But that tells you he's so good defensively that you rarely hear about Kevin being a great offensive player."
As much as Garnett deserves to be praised for what he has done in the NBA as a scorer, he'll be the first to acknowledge that his success offensively involves so many other folks.
Said Garnett: "I told Doc when I came here to all the coaches and ex-players and current players and systems and organizations, this great organization that I play for, I'm more than honored, because without the systems and the coaches, and obviously players that put you in a position to score the basketball none of this would be possible."
And making it even more special was that it came with at least one family member more than usual at the game.
"You know my family, my baby, she got to be at the game tonight and see it. Thank you for snow days," Garnett said. "She got to come to the game tonight which is kind of unusual, so it was good to have her here. It was great."

Horford believes Celtics give him best chance at 'ultimate goal' of NBA Championship

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Horford believes Celtics give him best chance at 'ultimate goal' of NBA Championship

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Pinpointing the exact moment Al Horford made up his mind to become a Boston Celtics isn’t clear, but the seeds of that decision can be traced back to last year’s playoffs – and no we’re not talking about the playoff series between Boston and Atlanta, either.
 
It was the Hawk’s second-round playoff series back in May against Cleveland, a team that swept them out of the Conference finals in 2015 and did so again last about five months ago.
 
Horford had every intention of returning to Atlanta, but as the free agency period wore on two things became quite clear: Winning an NBA title would have to go through Cleveland and it happening with him in Atlanta was becoming more and more unlikely.
 
In came the Celtics with a pitch that was heavy on present-day and down-the-road potential that wouldn’t require him to do anything other than continue to play the way he has for the past nine seasons.
 
“It (becoming a Celtic) became real for me real late and real quick,” Horford told CSNNE.com on Wednesday.
 
After mulling it over for a couple days, Horford said he was ready to become a Celtic.
 
“This could be a great opportunity even though I’m leaving a lot behind,” Horford said.
 
As you listen to Horford speak, it’s clear that the Celtics mystique played a role in his decision to sign with Boston.

 But as much as the Celtics’ lore and its on-the-rise status helped, there were certain events that Boston had no control over that actually helped their cause.
 
First the Hawks got in on a three-team trade in June with Utah and Indiana which sent Hawks All-Star point guard Jeff Teague to the Pacers while Atlanta received Utah’s first-round pick which was 12th overall and was used by Atlanta to select Baylor’s Taurean Prince. The move allowed Atlanta’s Dennis Schroeder to slide over into the now-vacant starting point guard position.
 
While it may help Atlanta down the road, it did little to move them closer towards knocking off Cleveland anytime soon.
 
And then there was the Hawks coming to terms on a three-year, $70.5 million deal with Dwight Howard early in the free agency period. That deal coupled with Atlanta’s desire to bring Kent Bazemore back, cast serious doubt as to whether Horford would return.
 
Horford, who inked a four-year, $113 million deal with Boston, told CSNNE.com that at the time of Atlanta’s deal with Howard, he was still open to the idea of returning.
 
But if Horford did, he knew figuring out the best way to play him, Howard and Paul Millsap who by the way has a player option that he’s likely to exercise which would make him a free agent next summer, was not going to be easy.

“It was definitely going to be different,” Horford said, then adding, “For me, the Celtics were becoming more and more a realistic option. After talking with my family, we felt this was the best for me.”
 
And while it’s still very early in his tenure as a Celtic, Horford has no regrets or second thoughts about his decision.
 
“As a player you always want to be in the best position you can,” Horford said. “I felt for me being on this team would put me in a position to be able to contend and win an NBA championship. That’s my ultimate goal.”
 
And that alone makes him a good fit with this franchise which from ownership to the front office to the coaching staff and of course the players, are all focused on one thing and that’s bringing home Banner 18.
 
 “Look at the resume. He’s been a winner wherever he’s played,” said Boston’s Amir Johnson. “It’s good to have a guy like that, with his talent and with his winning, playing next to you.”