Dallas Mavericks Star Dirk Nowitzki Reaches Rare NBA Accomplishment: 30000 Points


Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki on Tuesday became the sixth player in National Basketball Association history to reach 30,000 career points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain on the illustrious list.

Nowitzki couldn't miss in the first half when he hit the baseline jumper over Larry Nance Jr. and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Nowitzki has taken over from Kobe Bryant as the National Basketball Association player most identifiable with one team, and Cuban has plenty for which to be grateful.

"Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game".

If he returns for a 20th season, he would match the record set by Lakers star Bryant, who played 20 seasons with one franchise before retiring previous year.

Dallas owner Mark Cuban and players around the league reacted to the historic night on their social media accounts. "This latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA's greatest players".

"I was a Kobe fan", said Randle, who grew up in the Dallas area.

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Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was among the first to congratulate him on the achievement.

Nerlens Noel had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

"It's been sort of surreal - 30,000 is awesome, a lot of points", Nowitzki said.

"For me, this was a 13:02 microcosm of one of the greatest careers in the history of this game", Carlisle said.

With the win, the Mavericks improved to 27-36, while the Lakers dropped to 19-45.

Another empty trip for the Lakers preceded the icing on the cake as Nowitzki cashed in his third 3-pointer of the night to the continued roar of a packed house at American Airlines Center. Plus that summer I'm turning 40.