Nowitzki, the German power forward, one of the best in history, gave a real show and scored more than 30,000 points.
He got it. In the pavilion they watered commemorative t-shirts and Dirk Nowitzki did not disappoint. The 20,424 fans who met yesterday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas saw live the pivot, one of the best players in basketball history, adding his name to those of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. The club’s 30,000 points in the NBA.
“It’s been a crazy trip, with a lot of ups and downs, but you’ve always been by my side and we’ve come this far, I hope there are many more”, said the German after the game, addressing the public, to the city of Dallas and every fan of the NBA.
As if the script was written, Nowitzki started the game as in his best days. He scored the first eight of his team and came undefeated to 16 points (6/6) in a first quarter that closed with 18, only two of the longed-for mark. His first attempt failed, but not the second. He received on the right side, on the pole, and, with the audience standing, repeated step by step a movement that we have enjoyed more than 18 years: pivoted in, one-two, eyes on the rival and hop back. It had to be like this. The stage exploded as Cuban threw his hands into the sky. He had achieved 30,000 points in the NBA. Sixth in the history (seventh if we add the points of Julius Erving in ABA) and third that it obtains with a t-shirt (Malone and Bryant).
I do not know the thing was left there. While the owner of the Mavs shouted from their corner to call for dead time, the game continued and, after a couple of plays, the ball returned to Dirk’s hands. He received in the line of three points, he crushed the first and rose to add his points 21, 22 and 23. Imagine what it meant for an absolutely delivered stand.
They finished the game with 25 points, all in the first half, and their Mavericks added their third consecutive win and the fifth in six games. The Lakers lost their eighth straight game despite Julius Randlle’s triple-double (13 + 18 + 10) and 44 points between D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. But little of that mattered yesterday. Yesterday was Dirk Nowitzki’s day, the day of the 30,000. Another historic night of strong emotions, another NBA night.
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