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Nowitzki shoots past a legend

Updated: 2013-11-14 08:19
By Associated Press in Dallas ( China Daily)

Dirk Nowitzki passed Jerry West on the all-time NBA scoring list from a familiar spot: behind the three-point line.

Nowitzki had 19 points, including consecutive shots from long range in the third quarter to move up to 16th in career scoring as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Washington Wizards 105-95 on Tuesday night.

The 7-foot German will go down as the best-shooting big man in league history whenever he retires, so it was fitting that the 35-year-old was 26 feet from the basket when he supplanted the man whose silhouette serves as the NBA logo.

"Jerry is the man," said Nowitzki, who finished the night with 25,197 points and now goes after Reggie Miller for 15th at 25,279 points. "He is the logo, and that says it all. It has been a great ride."

Trevor Ariza led the Wizards with 27 points, including five three-pointers. He also had seven rebounds and four steals.

Monta Ellis started slowly from the field before scoring 10 in the fourth quarter to help the Mavericks improve to 4-0 at home this season. Ellis matched Nowitzki with 19.

Nowitzki was struggling from the field before a loose ball bounced to him above the key. The 11-time All-Star and 2007 MVP grabbed it, turned and hit a shot to get within a point of West's record.

On the Mavs' next possession, Gal Mekel passed to Nowitzki a few feet left of the previous spot, and he pulled up and hit another from long range with 59.9 seconds left in the third.

That bucket gave Nowitzki 16 points for the game and put him ahead of West, who scored 25,192 in 14 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-74. He went on to become their GM, and later an executive for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Nowitzki shoots past a legend

Nowitzki, who is in his 16th season, ended up eight of 19 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

"Yeah, I suppose it was (fitting), although Jerry West never shot a three," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "If there had been a three-point line back then, this milestone would have come later. He's going to pass more big names in the weeks and months to come."

Vince Carter scored 16 and Samuel Dalembert led Dallas with 13 points in the first half and finished with 15. DeJuan Blair had nine points and 11 rebounds.

Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Washington.

The Wizards had their last lead early in the second quarter, but were down 89-84 when Ellis hit a pull-up jumper and was fouled by Bradley Beal, who was held to nine points on two-of-10 shooting two nights after scoring a career-high 34 in an overtime loss at Oklahoma City.

"That's the confusing part," Beal said. "We played so aggressively and so hard against OKC. It was like Game 7 of the finals or something. Then we come out tonight and don't have that same mentality."

Ellis' bucket over Beal was his first shot of the fourth quarter after he had gone three of 10 through the first three.

Nowitzki hit a runner to give the Mavericks their biggest lead at 71-56, but the Wizards went on an 18-6 run to make it a game again. Ariza had 11 points during the run, including a 3-pointer and a dunk on consecutive possessions.

 Nowitzki shoots past a legend

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki nails a three-pointer over Washington Wizards defender Al Harrington in the second half of Tuesday's game in Dallas. With that bucket Nowitzki passed Jerry West for 16th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. The Mavericks won 105-95. Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

(China Daily 11/14/2013 page24)

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