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Dirk Nowitzki makes NBA history, scores 40 points for the Mavs and joins the elite club of players

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At 37, Dirk Nowitzki continues to defy odds, scoring points for the Dallas Mavericks. The 37-year-old former MVP has scored a historic 40 points to carry the Dallas Mavericks past the Portland Trail Blazers 132-120 in overtime Sunday at Dallas.

With this game, Noiwitzki has now become the only fourth player in NBA history to score at least 40 at age 37 or older. The other players that have done something better than what Nowitzki has done at the age of 37 are Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan, Utah Jazz’ Karl Malone and LA Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“Our goal before the season was to make it into the playoffs. We’re still fighting for it,” added by Nowitzki, via Reuters Canada.

The German power forward and center hit a 3-pointer to cap an 11-0 run to open the extra session, making 16-of-26 shots, including 3-5 from deep. Nowitzki also made eight rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes to give his team a huge 132-120 victory.

“That’s what I’ve always done my entire career with the players we bring in. I’m going to give it my best and try to compete at the highest level. That’s what I will do for the rest of my career, ” Nowitzki said in a postgame interview, via the Mavs Moneyball.

Despite its age, at 37, Nowitzki has managed to carry his team in every match, averaging 23.6 points a game on 53 percent shooting from the field. This month alone, he scored 30 points twice, a rare sight for a 37-year-old phenom.

In addition to its win against Portland, the Mavericks also stopped a five-game home losing streak and clinched the season series against the Blazers. The Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks will meet again on Wednesday in Portland.

Picture Courtesy: Scott Mecum/Wikimedia Commons

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