Nowitzki rises above Shaq milestone as Mavs edge Nets

Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:07am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Presented with the five names of those ahead of him on the NBA career scoring list after passing a major personal milestone, Dirk Nowitzki responded as if it was music to his ears

"That sounds pretty good," the German told reporters. "That sounds really good. It's a dream come true. When I was 20 years old, I never expected this."

So did hitting the winning shot.

On the night he passed Shaquille O'Neal for sixth place on the scoring list, Nowitzki capped a 22-point display by sinking the go-ahead layup with 19.2 seconds left in overtime as the Dallas Mavericks edged the Brooklyn Nets 119-118 on Wednesday.

The decisive basket came after a hook shot by center Brook Lopez gave the Nets a 118-117 lead with 41.1 seconds remaining.

On the next possession, the 37-year-old Nowitzki posted up forward Joe Johnson on the left side, drove by him and scored before Thaddeus Young could help on defense.

Nowitzki's shot stood as the game-winner when Brooklyn guard Jarrett Jack missed an 18-foot fadeaway from the left wing with less than a second remaining.

"He had a good look, it just didn't go in," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said.

Nowitzki finished his 1,293rd career regular-season game with 28,609 points and only trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA scoring list.   Continued...

Dec 23, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) grabs a rebound in front of Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. The Mavericks defeated the Nets 119-118 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports