Nowitzki 6th NBA and 1st International player in 30,000 club
Going into the game against Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks just needed 20 points to become the sixth player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points.
And he did just that in under 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter with one of his patented fade away jumpers.
Not only that, Nowitzki is the first international player to achieve such feat. Thus, solidified his Hall of Fame legacy.
The Hall of Fame got 18 of the 20 points he needed in the first quarter, and hit the milestone on a fade away shot with 10:58 left in the second period. He added a 3-pointer for 23 points in the first 14 minutes before the game was stopped.
The 7-foot German, in his 19th season, is the third to score at least 30,000 points with one team. The others are Karl Malone (Utah) and Kobe Bryant (Lakers).
The 30,000 list includes four Hall of Famers in career leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain, and a future one in Bryant, who is third. Julius Erving also reached the milestone with his ABA career included. (Axel Roman)