On December 26th of last year in a game between the Mavs and the Lakers, 17-year veteran Dirk Nowitzki hit a 20-foot jumper early in the third quarter, to move into eighth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Elvin Hayes (27,313 points).
The shot gained the Mavericks a double digit lead and they would go on to win 102–98.
Monday in Brooklyn, Nowitzki ripped another three-pointer (number 1,513 of his career) in overtime to clinch the Mavericks’ 96–88 win over the Nets.
The shot also moved Nowitzki (27,412 points) ahead of Moses Malone (27,409) and into seventh place.
Nowitzki should pass Shaquille O’Neal (28,596) sometime next season if he stays healthy.After the game Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News, “Right now I’m chasing wins more than anything else. Winning games is fun again. To me, it’s more important that we’re on a good team, competing every night. Everything else will be great down the road when my career is over.”
NBA Scoring Leaders
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
Karl Malone 36,928
Kobe Bryant 32,433
Michael Jordan 32,292
Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
Dirk Nowitzki 27,412