Dirk Nowitzki moved to 11th place on the NBA all-time scoring list last night, surpassing Dominique Wilkins' total of 26,668 in the process.
The German's 29 points in the Mavericks victory over the LA Lakers took him to a current total of 26,678, although with time still left this season he will fancy his chances of moving into 10th before time is out.
Nowitzki needs another 33 points to take him above Oscar Robertson, but his current feat cements his place along the greatest scorers the NBA has ever seen. With an average of 21.7 points per game this season, the legendary power forward is driving his side towards the playoffs.
Speaking to ESPN after the match, he admitted it's been a long journey to his current position on the record books, but one he's enjoyed taking. Reaching the playoffs would only add further to this season's remarkable scoring achievement.
"It's been surreal. It's been a crazy ride for 16 years, and I'm going to keep competing for a couple more years. Hopefully compete in the playoffs... That's really all I'm worried about now is making the playoffs. All the records are great once my career is over," he said.
The Dallas faithful will be hoping that the 2006/07 MVP keeps his promise and continues his scoring run for the foreseeable future, as the highest-scoring European in NBA history hits form just in time for the end of season run-in.
The 35-year-old will be looking to add to his tally when the Mavericks, with whom he has played his whole career, take on the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. Another victory would move them closer to the post-season as one of the bottom seeds in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
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