Curry, Nowitzki lead Mavericks past Thunder, 104-89

Dirk Nowitzki ducked his head into a mob of teammates, with Dallas owner Mark Cuban clutching the side of his jersey before the Mavericks superstar found coach Rick Carlisle for a hug.

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki now becomes the 6th player in National Basketball Association history and first global player on joining the 30,000 points club.

Nowitzki, who needed just 20 points to reach the milestone heading into the game, attained the mark in the second quarter with a fadeaway jump shot.

The Mavericks smothered the Lakers, 122-111, as Nowitzki finished the match with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also congratulated Nowitzki.

If he returns for a 20th season, Nowitzki would match the record set by Los Angeles Lakers star Bryant, who played 20 seasons with one franchise before retiring previous year. I'm watching the game right now.

Geschwindner is known as the man who helped refine the form that Nowitzki used on his way to scoring 30,005 points - and counting - in the National Basketball Association.

With Seth Curry taking advantage of the lackluster Thunder defense, the Mavs closed the first half on a 14-6 run to take a 10-point lead at intermission. And he says it's a credit to Nowitzki's ability to play into his late 30s.

The Lakers (19-45) lost eight in a row despite getting 22 points apiece from D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.

"For me, this was a 13:02 microcosm of one of the greatest careers in the history of this game", Carlisle said. I think that's also a good number to be in the league ... from 20 to 40.

  • Rosalie Stanley