Dirk Nowitzki recorded point No. 30,000 in similar fashion to the way he scored No. 20,000: With a fadeaway jump shot over a Lakers No. 7.
Left: Dirk scoring 20k
Right: Dirk scoring 30k
— Josh Williams (@JoshWilliams89) March 8, 2017
With 10:57 remaining in the second quarter of the Dallas Mavericks 122-111 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nowitzki faded away from Larry Nance Jr. to score his 20th points of the game and 30,000th of his season.
THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE AAC! CONGRATS ON 30K DIRK!! pic.twitter.com/r8QoozVmxZ
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 8, 2017
But it was Jan. 13, 2010 when Nowitzki scored 20,000 points, only he’d shoot over Lamar Odom’s outstretched arms, instead. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said then, “He’ll end up with 25,000 [points] before he’s done, for sure.”
Little did he know his prediction wasn’t lofty enough.
Nowitzki became just one of six players in NBA history to score 30,000 regular points, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. It’s a feat so impressive, even LeBron James stopped what he was doing to congratulate him.
And if he keeps on chugging along, Nowitzki can pass Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list next season. Talk about a career.