SEATTLE -- Lauren Jackson's wanted to stop thinking about her latest milestone as quick as possible.
Picking up where she left off three days earlier, Jackson became the youngest, and fastest player in WNBA history to reach 4,000 points, finishing with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Seattle Storm's 89-75 win over the Indiana Fever on Friday night.
The leader in the league MVP race had a few nerves before taking the court, uncomfortable with all the attention her ascent to the 4,000-point mark was garnering. Add in her record-tying 47-point performance on Tuesday night against Washington, a total that matched Diana Taurasi's mark set a season ago, and Jackson's goal became setting the mark in a hurry.
It took less than 14 minutes.
"There was such a big deal made about it, so I was just relieved once I hit it," Jackson said. "Now I can forget about it."
Jackson just missed matching Cynthia Cooper's mark for the highest two-game total in league history. Cooper scored 76 points in consecutive games during the 1997 season. Jackson finished with 74, leaving with four minutes to go and a scoreless fourth quarter.
She needed just 14 points to become the fifth player in league history to reach the 4,000-point mark. Jackson didn't waste much time, reaching the milestone with 6:13 left in the second quarter on a turnaround baseline jumper. She was given a standing ovation and a video tribute at the next timeout.
"It happened so fast. I thought these were 14 points I would try and keep track of and notice the milestone when it happened and I have to say it just happened so quickly and in the flow," Seattle coach Anne Donovan said. "She just continues to dominate."
Friday was expected to be a showcase of the two leaders in the MVP race, but Indiana's Tamika Catchings missed her fourth straight game with partial tear of the plantar fascia in her left foot. Not surprisingly, Indiana lost all four and has dropped five straight overall.
"We don't have [Tamika]. ... But we've got enough players in here to fill that void," Indiana's Tully Bevilaqua said. "There's no excuse for why we can't be winning these games without her."
Anna DeForge led the Fever with 12 points and Ann Strother added 11, but Indiana fell 2½ games back of Detroit for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Seattle was playing at home for the first time since July 11 and just the second time since July 3. Jackson got the Storm on the right track by scoring on a behind-the-back pass from Betty Lennox in the opening minutes, and converting a three-point play.
Jackson made 10 of 14 shots, joining Katie Smith, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson and Lisa Leslie in the 4,000-point club. Leslie reached the mark in 230 games, but it took Jackson just 209. Thompson was the youngest to accomplish the feat at age 31, but Jackson is just 26.
"The things that she's done and is doing are unbelievable," Lennox said. "That just defines the player she is. When she wants to go out and play hard and lead the team she's one of the best at doing it."
Lennox added 14 and Iziane Castro Marques scored 13 for Seattle, who led by as many as 35.