Dirk Nowitzki cemented his status as an NBA great this week when the German giant became just the sixth player in NBA history to score at least thirty-thousand points.
The Dallas Mavericks power forward entered the game against the struggle LA Lakers 20 points shy of the historic milestone.
Early in the second quarter he sank a baseline jumper to reach the mark.
While a minute later and courtesy of a three-pointer he surpassed the target prompting a group hug from his teammates and owner Mark Cuban while he also received a deserved standing ovation from the American Airlines Center crowd.
It took Nowitzki almost 19 seasons to join the NBA’s elite 30,000-point club which also includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.
38-year-old Nowitzki ended the night scoring 25 points in a vintage performance as Dallas saw off the Lakers with a 122-111 victory.
The Mavs’ win pulled them to within two spots of the Denver Nuggets for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.