Dirk Nowitzki becomes 6th player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points

Becoming just the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point plateau in front of the fans that have cheered him on for 19 seasons, 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki says the milestone couldn’t have come in a more fitting moment.

Entering Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers needing just 20 points to reach the 30,000-point mark for his career, Nowitzki staged a vintage performance in the first half with 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

In the process, Nowitzki joined an exclusive fraternity that had featured only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

The 7-footer also became just the third player to ever amass 30,000 points with one franchise, matching Malone’s accomplishment with Utah and Bryant’s feat with the Lakers.

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