Dirk Nowitzki Reaches 30,000 Career Points in Mavericks’ Win Over Lakers

Dallas Mavericks’ power forward Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 25 points as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 122-111 in Dallas on March 7th. A few years ago a game between these two teams played at this time of year may have had playoff implications, but while the Lakers are last in the NBA Western Conference and the Mavericks are scratching to get the eighth and final slot, the game will be remembered by Dallas fans as the one where Nowitzki scored his 30,000th NBA career point.

Nowitzki, who has spent his entire 19 year career in Dallas, is sixth all time in NBA scoring with 30,005 points and counting. Ahead of him are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 38,387, Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419). That’s some pretty good company. All of those in front of him are in the Hall of Fame except for Bryant who hasn’t been retired long enough to be voted in yet.

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