By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
DALLAS — Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki passed the 30,000-point mark with 25 points in Dallas’ 122-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday at the American Airlines Center.
“Thank you, guys, for coming out and supporting,” said Nowitzki to the fans on the public address after the game. “It’s been a crazy ride with a lot of ups and downs. But you stuck in there. And we’ll see you soon.”
Nowitzki accounted for the Mavericks’ first eight points as he went 3-of-3 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range. He checked out of the game with 6:29 left in the first quarter with a stat line of 5-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range, and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
With 10:57 in the second quarter, Nowitzki hit shot with his iconic fade away to reach the 30,000-point plateau. He went 8-for-10, including 2-of-2 from the 3-point line, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line to get to that historic mark where only five other players are ahead of Nowitzki.
Across the sports world, players congratulated the 13-time NBA All-Star on reaching such a lofty achievement.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) March 8, 2017
Congratulations to @swish41 on 30k— bar none one of the greatest to ever play the game. Respect.
— Jason Witten (@JasonWitten) March 8, 2017
First quarter: Dallas 38, LA Lakers 29.
Halftime: Dallas 70, LA Lakers 52
Third quarter: 103-74
Final — 122-111