Dirk Nowitzki made a clinching 3-pointer in overtime that moved him into seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list, as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 on Jan. 5.
Monta Ellis scored 19 points and made a pair of jumpers early in overtime before consecutive 3s by Chandler Parsons and Nowitzki made it 96-88 with 34 seconds to play. That gave Nowitzki 15 points for the game and 27,412 in his career, moving him past Moses Malone into the No. 7 spot.
Nowitzki called it an “insane, crazy ride” that’s carried him past some of the NBA’s greats.
There have been plenty of games across 17 years like that of Jan. 5, when the legs are heavy, the shots a little flat, while playing on the second consecutive night at the end of a road trip. That’s why his latest personal achievement ranked behind continued team success.
“I’m proud of it but more proud that we got the win,” Nowitzki said.