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Nowitzki joins NBA's elite 30 000 point club

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By Euronews
Nowitzki joins NBA's elite 30 000 point club

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.