The anticipation of Dirk Nowitzki reaching the 30,000 points milestone has created a major buzz.
The Dallas Mavericks host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at 7:30 at the American Airlines Center. Nowtizki needs 20 points to reach 30,000 in his NBA career.
In his honor, the team has souvenir “30K” t-shirts in every seat at the AAC.
Nowitzki has scored 20 or more points five times this season, including three in the past 11 games.
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Owner Mark Cuban is making more tickets available at the box office tonight and Friday. The Mavericks host Brooklyn Friday.
Nowitzki, perhaps the most beloved athlete in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is in his 19th season with the Mavericks.
Here’s a look at some of Dirk Nowitzki’s scoring milestones:
1,000 points: at Portland on Jan. 10, 2000
5,000 points: vs. Toronto on March 7, 2002
10,000 points: vs. Washington on Jan. 18, 2005
20,000 points: vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 13, 2010
25,000 points at New Orleans on April 14, 2013
Top 10 scorers
The top 10 all-time leading scorers in NBA history:
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 38,387
2. Karl Malone, 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant, 33,643
4. Michael Jordan, 32,292
5. Wilt Chamberlain, 31,419
#6. Dirk Nowitzki, 29,980
7. Shaquille O’Neal, 28,596
#8. LeBron James, 28,286
9. Moses Malone, 27.409
10. Elvin Hayes, 27,313