Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki is now the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history, scoring four points in the first quarter of Monday’s game with the Pelicans to pass one-time leader Wilt Chamberlain.
Nowitzki scored the decisive points on a trademark fadeaway jumper.
After the historic field goal, the Mavericks played a tribute video during the next stoppage in play, and Nowitzki was applauded by the crowd at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Nowitzki trails No. 5 Michael Jordan by more than 800 points. LeBron James (32,439) is the only other active player in the top five.
|NBA Career Scoring Leaders|
|1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||38,387|
|2. Karl Malone||36,928|
|3. Kobe Bryant||33,643|
|4. LeBron James||32,439|
|5. Michael Jordan||32,292|
|6. Dirk Nowitzki||31,424|
|7. Wilt Chamberlain||31,419|