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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki secured a win for his team on Monday night but he also simultaneously moved up in the record books too.
Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 34.8 seconds left in overtime to surpass Moses Malone and move into seventh place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 27,412 career points.
For the Mavs, the shot also gave them an eight-point lead en route to a 96-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
“Yeah, it’s been insane, crazy ride in Year No. 17, and Moses was obviously an unbelievable player,” said Nowitzki, who totaled 15 points on the night.
“So it has been a humbling experience to pass all these all-time greats. It’s a tribute to obviously the hard work, but all the great coaches and teammates that have gotten me to this point, and obviously staying healthy is a big part. I am proud of it but I am more proud that we got the win.”
The 36-year-old will now continue to look up the listings to see who else he can catch, with Shaquille O’Neal currently in sixth place with 28,596 points.
Depending on how long the German star can continue to play at a high level, he may well seek out sixth spot but coach Rick Carlisle paid tribute to his latest achievement.
“You couldn’t have a more fitting way for Dirk to pass Moses for seventh on the all-time scoring list,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s unbelievable.”