Boateng wishes Dirk Nowitzki more goals!
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 12:15
Dirk's 25 were not the only reason that the Mavs impressively took down the Lakers at home in a convincing 122-111 win.
Nowitzki also becomes one of three players in National Basketball Association history to score 30,000 points or more with one franchise, scoring all his points with the Dallas Mavericks. He became the first worldwide member of an elite club occupied by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain, finishing with a team-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting.
After Nowitzki added a 25-foot 3-pointer, the Lakers called timeout at the 9:53 mark, setting up the Mavericks to play a video tribute to their 38-year-old future Hall of Famer.
It didn't take Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki long to join an exclusive club of National Basketball Association players who have scored at least 30,000 points.
Nowitzki scored his 30,000th point with his signature move, which he crafted into one of the most impossible shots of all-time to defend, his fade away jumper.
Dallas owner Mark Cuban and players around the league reacted to the historic night on their social media accounts. And another superstar who's not far off from joining that club, LeBron James (currently sitting at 28,316 career points), was watching the game and chose to congratulate the future Hall of Famer on social media.
The 7-foot German became the sixth National Basketball Association player and the first global one to reach the milestone, joining four Hall of Famers and a future one in Kobe Bryant. However, some Internet wags saw fit to note that Nowitzki's legacy might be even more impressive had Cuban not seen fit to let some of his key teammates go after that 2011 championship; the Mavs have not made it past the first round since then.
Nowitzki reached the mark after nailing a step-back baseline jumper over Lakers reserve forward Larry Nance Jr. for a 42-30 lead with 10:57 left in the second quarter.
For the Lakers, Jordan Clarkson led the bench unit with 22 points, and D'Angelo Russell dropped in 22 points to lead the starters.
Mavericks: Seth Curry scored 18 points, followed by Yogi Ferrell with 16, Wesley Matthews with 15 and Harrison Barnes with 14.
It was the Lakers' eighth straight loss.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also offered his congratulations.