BROOKLYN – After signing a three-year, $25 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks last summer, Dirk Nowitzki is not even close to thinking about retirement.
But once Monday’s 96-88 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets was in the books, the 17-year veteran couldn’t help but start putting his career in historical perspective.
When Nowitzki nailed a clutch 3-pointer with 34.8 seconds remaining in overtime at the Barclays Center, he zoomed by Moses Malone and into seventh place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 27,412 points. As a crowd of media types gathered around him in the Mavs’ locker room, Nowitzki reflected on what he’s been able to accomplish and how his family will view his monumental achievement.
"Like I always say, everything else will be great down the road once my career is over and I look back and see that I’m in the Top 10,’’ Nowitzki said. "That’s absolutely really insane.
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"I can show that obviously to my kids and grandkids hopefully, one day. But as of now, like I said, I’m chasing wins more than anything.’’
Forward Chandler Parsons said he didn’t know Nowitzki had passed Malone until after the occasion and he saw everyone celebrating. But Parsons knows this about Nowitzki, who trails sixth-place Shaquille O’Neal by 1,184 points.
"He’s going to continue to climb,’’ Parsons said. "He still has a lot left in the tank and I’m glad I can just be a small part of it.’’
What Nowitzki has been able to achieve during his illustrious career has really impressed coach Rick Carlisle, who win an NBA title as a player in 1986 with the great Larry Bird.
"It’s another amazing accomplishment,’’ Carlisle said, referring to Nowitzki. "It’s an amazing guy that’s worked extremely hard in his career to do some unbelievable thing.’’
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