Dirk Nowitzki.

Dirk Nowitzki passes Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list

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The Dallas Mavericks suffered a second heavy loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in three games with a 131-102 reverse at home on Thursday night which sees OKC go up 2-1 in the first round series.

The result is not one that the Mavs will look back on with any fondness but one significant moment did occur for the franchise's most distinguished player. 

Dirk Nowitzki posted 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting which saw him pass the legendary Wilt Chamberlain for 16th on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. 

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Despite being 37, Dirk continues to defy father time and etch his name in the history books. The German nailed a traditional jumper for the milestone which now takes him to 3,612 points. 

With the series now guaranteed to go at least five games, the big man has a chance to move up the list and surpass a few more legends in the process.

He is now just 11 points away from Elgin Baylor in 15th and 30 behind Scottie Pippen in 14th and he would certainly fancy himself to move ahead of the two in the coming games. 

Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

The competitor that he is, though, Nowitzki will not care too much about the feat as his team was blown out of their building by a rampant Thunder team.

The 2007 MVP was a doubt for the clash at the American Airlines Center after undergoing an MRI scan on Tuesday which revealed a bone bruise from game two. 

That didn't keep him out though as he took to the floor in Dallas, only to come up against relentless opposition who were still reeling from a narrow one-point loss in game two where Kevin Durant shot 7-of-33 from the field.

"The way we won Game 2 was it was a slower-paced game for us, kind of grind it out," Nowitzki said. "It's going to be tough for us win a game if they score 131 points. I don't think we can score 131 right now with the team we roll out there, the injuries."

The series has now swung back in the favour of Billy Donovan's outfit and with the number of injuries on the Mavericks currently, it would take a herculean effort to reach the next round. 

Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

Nowitzki has yet to decide if he will play on next year, even though he has hinted that the prospect of playing 20 years in the NBA appeals to him. But whether his legs will allow him to do it is another matter. 

The 13-time All-Star has been the face of the franchise for 18 years and still keeps himself in great shape. For as long as he wants to play there will always be a contract for him in Dallas, that's for sure.

Chandler Parsons
Dallas Mavericks
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Dirk Nowitzki

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