Dirk Nowitzki: Dallas Mavericks forward goes sixth on National Basketball Association all-time scoring list

Dirk Nowitzki: Dallas Mavericks forward goes sixth on National Basketball Association all-time scoring list

Dirk Nowitzki: Dallas Mavericks forward goes sixth on National Basketball Association all-time scoring list

Nowitzki is in his 21st National Basketball Association season and on Monday night, the Dallas Mavericks legend surpassed Wilt Chamberlain to become the sixth-highest scorer of all time.

The 40-year-old German, who is playing in his 21st and possibly final season with the Dallas Mavericks, needed 4 points in a home game Monday to pass Chamberlain who scored 31,419 in his hall-of-fame career.

Nowitzki finished the first half with eight points. Nowitzki is the second-highest active scorer behind Lakers forward LeBron James.

It is not clear if Dirk Nowitzki will retire after this season, but it is highly unlikely for him to pass Michael Jordan for the fifth spot on the all-time scoring list.

The Pelicans' Elfrid Payton became the fifth player to record a triple-double in five consecutive National Basketball Association games in the win over the Mavericks.

The 21-year veteran missed the first 26 games of the season while rehabbing after left ankle surgery.

The shot that passed Chamberlain was a 2-point jumper over Kenrich Williams.

While Nowitzki stands only an inch shorter than Chamberlain's listed height of 7-foot-1, the two reached their point totals with contrasting styles of play. Scoring was down. The way Dirk approached the game helped ... nudge the game along and open up space. He entered the game only four points from passing the National Basketball Association great. (11) celebrate Nowitzki becoming the sixth all-time leading scorer in National Basketball Association history during the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the American Airlines Center.

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