Historic night for Nowitzki, Dončić scores triple-double, Mavs lose in OT
DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki became the No. 6 all-time leading scorer in NBA history. Early on in the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at American Airlines Center he passed Wilt Chamberlain. He now has 31,420 points.
Nowitzki reached another milestone in his career in fashion. He took a pass by Luka Dončić and made a fadeaway jumper. It’s still not clear if this will be his last season. On the all-time scoring list he is nearly 900 points behind Michael Jordan, who is fifth after being passed by LeBron James earlier this season.
Coach Rick Carlisle has been coaching Nowitzki since 2008 and has seen the impact he had on the Mavs. “It’s been a two-decade-plus love affair with really a symbolic and iconic figure when you look at everything Dirk has done on the floor, off the floor and some of the challenging things he’s worked through,” Carlisle said.
“Dirk is the franchise”, Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban said. “Everything we have been for the last two decades is because of him.”
The Mavericks lost to the Pelicans 129-125 in overtime. Luka Dončić scored his fifth triple double. He finished with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals.
Dallas starts three-game road trip on Wednesday in Portland.