Dirk Nowitzki has moved to 9th all time in the NBA scoring list after surpassing Hakeem Olajuwon and has also became the highest scoring International player in league history.
The power forward needed just 17 points in Tuesday's night contest with the Sacramento Kings and Nowitzki, a native of Wurzburg Germany surpassed Nigerian-born center Olajuwon on the NBA's all time scoring list.
The moment came with 8:46 left in the 4th quarter when the sellout crowd in American Airlines Center gave the lanky german a standing ovation after he sealed the honour with a trademark Nowtizki one-legged Fadeaway.
Olajuwon sat on 26,946 points after his hall of fame career which brought two championships to the Houston Rockets and was the symbol for foreign excellence in the NBA.
Nowitzki has now become the greatest international scorer the league has seen and his descent up the points ladder has not finished yet.
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Top scoring foreign player in NBA history
Mavericks Owner owes a lot to the 7ft power forward who delivered his franchise an NBA title in 2011 and he paid homage to Nowitzki before the game:
"Dirk has earned everything he's gotten, and every step up the ladder he takes is a reflection of his effort and his focus,To be the greatest international scorer ever is an amazing accomplishment. We're glad to have him here."
Nowitzki at the age of 36 shows no signs of slowing down and his elaborate skill set which extends all the way to shooting three pointers from the power forward position has allowed him to average around 20 points per game late into his career.
The current pace he is on will see the German chase other NBA legends for their spots on the NBA scoring list.
If Nowitzki matches his scoring total from last season, he’ll pass Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone and Shaquille O’Neal for sixth all time.