Kevin Durant has become just the 23rd player in NBA history to reach 25,000 career points during the Brooklyn Nets’ 126-120 loss to the Boston Celtics.
Durant, who also played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors during his NBA career, scored a team-high 37 points for the Nets on Sunday.
The 2014 NBA MVP admitted he was happy to reach the milestone but pointed out that it should be more, referring to injuries during his career.
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“It’s pretty cool,” Durant told reporters after the TD Garden defeat.
“I should be at 30 (thousand) right now, to be honest.
“But it’s cool, it’s cool to reach that milestone and be amongst the greats and I just got to keep pushing and keep going and see where I end up.”
Durant is the seventh-fastest player to achieve the feat, reaching 25,000 points in his 922nd game, behind Wilt Chamberlain (691), Michael Jordan (782), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (889), LeBron James (915), Oscar Robertson (917) and Jerry West (920).
“I told him in the locker room, 25,000 points … you are an artist. You have clipped history. And will forever be remembered as a legend in our game,” Nets teammate Kyrie Irving said.
“He’s been doing it since he was 19, and there’s a level of admiration I have for my best friend right there, and he just does it in ways that makes it look easy. And even when he takes six weeks off, it looks like he hasn’t missed any time. And that level of work ethic that he puts in, it shows why he’s as great as he is.
“For me, it motivates me to continue to get my game up and hopefully when I’m done with my career I could be sitting next to him and having 25,000 as well and look back and we just crack jokes on a few championships that we won together. So that’s the goal at hand.”
Only James and Los Angeles Lakers teammate Carmelo Anthony are active players who have also scored 25,000 NBA points.