Nowitzki joins 30000 club against Lakers

Mamie Roberson
March 19, 2017

Dirk entered today's game against the Los Angeles Lakers needing 20 points to tick over to the mythical 30k mark, and he managed to sink the history-making basket early in the game's second quarter; his Dallas teammates quite obviously feeding him assists left and right to help him get over the line.

It took Nowitzki nearly 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. After Nowitzki added a 25-foot 3-pointer, the Lakers called timeout at the 9:53 mark, setting up the Mavericks to play a video tribute to their 38-year-old future Hall of Famer.

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"This latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA's greatest players", Silver said in a statement.

The German joins a list that only includes the National Basketball Association elite of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. And another superstar who's not far off from joining that club, LeBron James (currently sitting at 28,316 career points), was watching the game and made a decision to congratulate the future Hall of Famer on social media.

Throughout his 19 seasons with the Mavericks, Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for the game.

Allen Crabbe scored 23 points, Damian Lillard had 22 and C.J. McCollum 21 for the Trail Blazers, who won their third straight. The centre played in only six of Dallas' opening 29 games this season after an Achilles problem. He is the first Laker to have three triple-doubles in one season since Kobe Bryant did it in the 2004-05 season.

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