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Nowitzki highest-scoring player born outside U.S.

POSTED: Nov 12, 2014 2:44 AM ET


Dirk Nowitzki is now the highest-scoring NBA player born outside the United States.

The Dallas star passed Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth place on the all-time scoring list in Tuesday night's 106-98 come-from-behind win against Sacramento.

Nightly Notable - Dirk Nowitzki

Highlights from Dirk Nowitzki's record breaking night as he passes Hakeem Olajuwon to move up to number 9 on the all-time scoring list.

The German hit a jumper just inside the 3-point line to get to 26,947 points, one ahead of the Nigerian-born former star of the Houston Rockets. Olajuwon, who spent 17 years in Houston, retired in 2002 after one season with Toronto.

"You know to pass `The Dream' is unbelievable," said the 36-year-old Nowitzki, in his 17th season with the Mavericks. "He was unguardable on the block. His footwork, his skill level, his hands, his touch was second to none, so I'm pretty proud." Nowitzki finished the night with 26,953 career points, including 23 against the Kings.

Postgame: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki talks about passing Hakeem Olajuwon on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Elvin Hayes is the next on the list at No. 8 with 27,313 points.

The 36-year-old Nowitzki, in his 17th season with the Mavericks, is second among active players behind Kobe Bryant, who is fourth all-time.