Dirk Nowitzki adds another milestone in his career as he moves up to 6th place in the NBA all-time scoring list by breaking Shaquille O’Neal’s career scoring record at 28,596 points.
The feat was broken when Dirk hit a jumper at the 9:51 mark coming in the 2nd quarter against Andrea Bargnani of Brooklyn Nets in their own backyard. The Mavericks added the icing on the cake by scoring an overtime win with Nowitzki finishing the game with 22 points and 5 rebounds including two key assists to J.J. Barea and Weslew Matthews, a rebound and a go-ahead clutch basket with 19.2 left in overtime.
The best player of the game was J.J. Barea scoring hist career high 32 points and dishing out 11 dimes pushing the Mavericks to a 16-13 record and tied with the Los Angeles Clippers as the 4th best in the Western Conference.
The Nets on the other hand were led by Thaddeus Young who had a total of 29 points and 11 rebounds.
Nowitzki – who is currently serving his 2nd year in his 3-year $25 million contract – currently sits at 6th place and is on pace to break Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring record at 31,419 points given that Dirk would opt in on the final year of his contract.
Other scoring leaders on top of him aside from Chamberlain are Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant (who is still actively playing), Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Both Bryant and Nowitzki are on track to be the only players in the top 6 to retire by just playing with only one team during their NBA career.
“He’s probably the most dominant big man to ever play this game, so it’s kind of surreal that I’m up there amongst these all-time greats,” Nowitzki said earlier this week as reported by ESPN.
“For a kid leaving Germany originally over 18 years ago, we didn’t know what to expect. It’s been an amazing ride.”