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Dirk Nowitzki is now the 10th highest NBA points scorer of all-time

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Dirk Nowitzki last night hit a game-high 21 points for the Dallas Mavericks.

In doing so he helped his team to a 95-83 victory against Utah, but , more importantly perhaps, he managed to crack the NBA's top-10 all-time scorers list.

The German veteran has now amassed 26,714 points during his 16-years in the NBA - four points more than Oscar Robertson.

And he was pretty happy about it:

"Amazing, amazing. I mean top 10 is unreal," Nowitzki said after the game."It's been a crazy ride. Passing (Oscar Robertson) is unbelievable. It feels surreal still...

"I knew how many points I needed, but I wasn't really trying to think about it. I was trying to think about the next shot and how I could get open," he explained.

And he wasn't the only one impressed with the achievement, with Miami Heat star, LeBron James, adding his congratulations Wednesday:

"Congrats to one of my favorite players in today's game @swish41 on cracking the top 10 all time scoring list!," the reigning MVP wrote on Twitter.

LeBron will be hoping to one day catch Nowitzki, but at present only one other currently active player makes up the top 10 - Kobe Bryant ranks fourth overall with 31,700 points.

But for Dirk Nowitzki the next man he will be aiming to pass will be fellow international player, Hakeem Olajuwon, who sits in ninth place with 26,946 points.

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