Dirk Nowitzki Passed Wilt Chamberlain For Sixth All-Time In Scoring

Dirk Nowitzki Passed Wilt Chamberlain For Sixth All-Time In Scoring

Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks scores a basket against Kenrich Williams #34 of the New Orleans Pelicans to become the sixth all-time leading scorer in the National Basketball Association. Dirk entered the game three points behind Chamberlain and quickly got the four points he needed to pass Wilt with a pair of 20-foot jumpers in the first four minutes of the game to reach 31,420 points.

The German big man finished with 8 points, giving him 31,424 in his career as the Pelicans won 129-125 in overtime.

The 21-year veteran missed the first 26 games of the season while rehabbing after left ankle surgery. "It's incredible", Nowitzki said referring to Chamberlain, according to ESPN.

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Nowitzki, meanwhile, has made almost 2,000 3-pointers in his career, establishing the trend of big men with long-range shooting capabilities. He's an 88-per cent free-throw shooter, 37 points higher than Chamberlain's mark. "In the '90s and early 2000s, there was a real crisis". Eventually the value of the 3-point shot to open up space became a reality.

Nowitzki hasn't made it clear whether or not he is going to retire after the season, although he did say that when he looks back on his career, his recent accomplishment will definitely stand out.

Nowitzki is the first player in National Basketball Association history to play 21 years with the same team, making the 7-foot German an all-time fan favorite in the city of Dallas. He entered the game only four points from passing the National Basketball Association great.

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