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Nowitzki surpasses 20,000-point milestone

Posted Jan 13 2010 10:36PM

DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is the 34th player in NBA history to score 20,000 points.

Nowitzki reached the milestone with a 14-foot fadeaway jumper from the left baseline with 10:57 left in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers. It actually gave him 20,001 points, and it pulled the Mavericks to 78-75.

The 31-year-old Nowitzki is in his 12th season from Germany. This was the 876th game of his career.

Drafted for his potential as a 7-footer who could make 3-pointers, he's blossomed into the franchise's greatest player, having won a league MVP award and leading the club to the NBA finals for the first time.

photoSchroder's Quick Buckets
Dennis Schroder makes the layup, then picks off the inbounds pass and nails the quick floater.
photoManu to Duncan
Tim Duncan catches the pass and finishes with an easy slam.
photoHanging and Hitting
Derrick Rose hangs in the air, absorbs the contact and banks it in.
photoTerry's 2,000th Career Triple
Jason Terry notches his 2,000th career 3-pointer, making him the leader among active players in NBA history.
photoJordan's Big Slam
DeAndre Jordan finishes with a big slam during the third quarter.

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