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Nowitzki joins 30000-point club as Mavs cruise past Lakers

Nowitzki joins 30000-point club as Mavs cruise past Lakers

Seth Curry scored 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-89 on Sunday night. While he'll get more than 30,000 points - it'll be hard to top Wilt Chamberlin - he's in fifth place with more than 31,000 points.

Nowitzki has taken over from Kobe Bryant as the National Basketball Association player most identifiable with one team, and Cuban has plenty for which to be grateful.

In 2010, he became the first European-born player to tally 20,000 points in his career. Every milestone makes you reflect a little bit.

The good thing for Nowitzki is that he'll be under no pressure to reach the mark in front of the home crowd since the Mavericks play their next three games in Dallas.

Lebron James is the only active threat to Nowitzki's spot at No. 6.

"It's been an fantastic ride, and hopefully a couple of more baskets are coming and then it's time to ride off into the sunset".




With the win, the Mavericks improved to 27-36, while the Lakers dropped to 19-45. G Quinn Cook had 10 on the last day of his 10-day contract.

Nowitzki scored 25 points, all of them in the first half.

Nowitzki has lead the Mavericks to 15 playoff seasons, two NBA Finals and lead the franchise to their only NBA championship in 2011.

Nowitzki tied a career mark of 18 first quarter points, then opened the second quarter with an airball-the only glitch in what was a historic night for the 7-foot German.

"Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game". - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

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